June 17, 2015

Canadian doctor: "The Harper government is actually making the right choice" regarding healthcare funding

Marissa SemkiwRebel Commentator
 

I had an in-depth talk about the Harper government's health care funding changes with Fraser Institute Senior Fellow and emergency room physician Dr. Brett Belchetz.

He talks about what was and wasn't accomplished by the recently expired Paul Martin "health accord." Wait times, for instance, were not shortened significantly across the board and remain the longest in the developed world.

Those other nations, he added, also have a blend of public and private care, and their overall healthcare outcomes are ranked higher than ours.

(Did you know that only Cuba and North Korea share our totally "free" healthcare model?)

Dr. Belchetz says the Canadian system requires reform, and that Harper's strategy might finally force the provinces to introduce much needed innovations.

"The Harper government is actually making the right choice here, in saying let's not double down on a system that's not working," he told me.

"Instead, let's address the root causes of the problems in our system."


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commented 2015-06-24 17:49:21 -0400
The chart is piled with bullshit. The USA (had, before Obamcare) the best health care on the planet.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fMAXZ6TG75E
The idea that the UK has the best health care is 180 degrees removed from reality. Anyone who thinks the UK’s is the best is simply deluded or just plain stupid.
commented 2015-06-18 22:52:36 -0400
Chronic Condition is an excellent book comparing Cdn Health Care to countries around the world, and some suggestions how to fix it.
commented 2015-06-18 16:02:32 -0400
Peter,

I wish we agreed more, but happy to see we agree here.
commented 2015-06-18 15:33:07 -0400
Jimmy, I couldn’t agree with you more on that one. See? I do agree with you once in a while. :)
commented 2015-06-18 15:07:01 -0400
James,

It is absolutely true. The US ranks very low in most categories when it comes to world ranking and that includes health care. Now if you are very rich and you can afford it, you can get amazing health care in America, but for everyone else – it is pretty shitty.
commented 2015-06-18 14:57:01 -0400
Calling total bullshit on the chart he shows at 3:12. The UK has the BEST health care system in the world and the USA the WORST? There’s no way that can possibly be true. No way at all.
commented 2015-06-18 14:11:08 -0400
Liza said: “It is definitely time to look at how we do health care in this country.” Indeed. From what I know of the German system, everyone covered under Health Care has an “account”. The various Medical Facilities then “compete” with each other to provide the best services for the account holder at the most reasonable cost they can muster. It appears to be a system that focuses more on the front line services than a beaurocracy to run it.
commented 2015-06-18 13:55:10 -0400
Too funny :)
Peter Netterville commented 18 hours ago
“No mention that the CMA has spoken out in support of Rona Ambrose’s position on pot. "
No mention that gravity keeps you from being thrown off the earth as it spins either. What’s with that?
commented 2015-06-18 07:10:37 -0400
Great interview but there was a very important issue that was not mentioned.
So long as we are continuing to allow immigration at the levels we currently do, and heaven forbid that the Liberals get elected and increase immigration even more, we are going to see more and more strain on our healthcare services as the number of people using it who contribute absolute nothing back into the system continues to rise.
We are importing far too many people with pre-existing problems and people who come here with 0 skills and become immediate welfare burdens and that will do nothing but strain our healthcare system to the point of breaking. One only needs to look at most walk-in clinics and even family doctor offices in many neighborhoods to see them jammed with 3rd world screaming kids and their welfar collecting parents and grandparents to see that stark reality of this problem.
Nothing we do with the healthcare system, is going to improve thin gs until immigration is curtailed. User fees will not effect these sorts of people as they will most certainly be exempt just as all welfare collecting freeloaders are already exempt from contributing anything to the growth of our country.
commented 2015-06-18 01:38:10 -0400
Absolutely Dave, but across all provinces the wait times are dismal. I’ve waited and had loved ones wait and die in a few different provinces. It is not just Ontario who suffer from wait lists and too many pockets to fill. The Canadian model is ineffective.

A breakdown would show where the money goes.
commented 2015-06-17 22:59:44 -0400
Dave Bainard said, “What I’d like to know as I’m sure many others would, is how much of those dollars are eaten up by health boards, ministries and other administrative activities”

No doubt way too much. Of that I am fairly certain.
commented 2015-06-17 22:42:37 -0400
I’m sure most people realize that health care is a provincial responsability and that federal dollars just top up as required. What I’d like to know as I’m sure many others would, is how much of those dollars are eaten up by health boards, ministries and other administrative activities versus actual front line cost of nurses, doctors and health care technicians (i.e. Xray techs, lab workers) plus hospital maintenance. It would be even more interesting on a province by province comparison.
commented 2015-06-17 22:15:49 -0400
It is definitely time to look at how we do health care in this country. There are examples around the globe to learn from, as Dr. Brett Belchetz points out. Too many people are dying, waiting. There are also too may bureaucrats in suits, and big boardrooms who need to be paid out of funding which should be going towards saving lives. Too many pockets to fill.
commented 2015-06-17 20:17:47 -0400
“No mention that the CMA has spoken out in support of Rona Ambrose’s position on pot. "

No mention that gravity keeps you from being thrown off the earth as it spins either. What’s with that?

There is no mention of the CMA’s support of Rona Ambrose’s position on pot because that was not the topic of Marissa’s interview with Dr. Brett Belchetz. Odd how that works, isn’t it Joan?
commented 2015-06-17 19:58:25 -0400
No mention that the CMA has spoken out in support of Rona Ambrose’s position on pot.

Guess that wouldn’t appeal to the Libertarian potead rebels.

Shhhhh!
commented 2015-06-17 17:34:18 -0400
We’ll never hear any of this on the Socialist Media!
commented 2015-06-17 17:32:31 -0400
When suppliers know that health care is limitlessly insured….health care becomes supplier driven….don’t blame the patients. This is particularly true of dentists….if the patient is “heroically” insured…the dentist will take measures more heroic than he would take in his own mouth.

Most people would be surprised to see a comparative cost/benefit between private health insurance and what they pay in taxes for the same coverage…the only real advantage of the public system is that it is “no fault” and the insurer (the taxpayer) will not worm out of payment for “pre-existing condition” or other reasons that private insurers worm out.

Let the people who can afford luxury hotel Cadillac health care have it…..they are still required to pay the taxes that support public health care and it expands the availability of health care generally .