I received a magazine in my mailbox that I didn’t ask for but as an Ontario taxpayer, I reluctantly helped pay for called “Health Time”.
The magazine is jam-packed with banal feel-good pieces about my local hospital, Mackenzie Health, so even though I don’t want and never asked for this magazine we’re getting it. The question is, why?
It’s not as though the hospital operates in a competitive marketplace. It’s part of the government-run healthcare monopoly. We’re one of three nations that prohibit the establishment of private hospitals. We’re in great company with Cuba and North Korea.
How much does it cost to produce this journal? If there’s money to burn, how about putting it into things that might result in better health care for Canadians?
I’m sure I”m not the only one who has faced the soul-destroying experience of visiting the emergency room where wait times are measured in hours, not minutes.
Even more curious are the ads. There’s one for Reza Moridi, the Liberal MPP for the riding Mackenzie Health is located in and another ad is for Mackenzie Health itself!
The whole magazine seems to be drowning in self-congratulatory rhetoric... even though Mackenzie Health only scores a woeful 2.5 stars out of 5 on Google Reviews.
A report from 2014 noted that compared with Australia, France, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, the U.K. and the U.S., Canada has the worst “timeliness of care” rating and is second-worst overall in efficiency. We also have the longest emergency room wait times. And one in two Canadians couldn’t see a doctor the same day they felt they needed medical treatment.
Yet, apparently there’s money available to produce a navel-gazing magazine.
Feeling sick, folks? Take two aspirin and call me in the morning.