March 14, 2016

Canadian hospitals getting into magazine business: Should “Health Time” be called “Wait Time”?

David MenziesMission Specialist

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.

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commented 2016-03-14 18:25:28 -0400
Another comment – hospitals are printing magazines, because their traffic is way down.

When traffic is down in hospitals, they can’t pay their bloated unionized staff.


It is time to stop whining about the lefties and do something to crush the left – stop using government services. Stop spending on all extras – tax revenues disappear and this will fuck Wynne good!!!
commented 2016-03-14 18:21:46 -0400
Well when we can’t afford toilet paper anymore, we can use the health rag. It’s the perfect use for leftwing lies and deceptions.
commented 2016-03-14 18:19:42 -0400
Yep – big fat gummamint goes into print while the world goes online.

And when Ontario defaults financially, we can look back at the financial rapist, Kathleen Wynne and stupidhead publications such as these.

Look forward to the day Wynne is hanging from a lamp post.
commented 2016-03-14 18:05:37 -0400
Lloyd Nolan – we already get our good progress reports from the Calgary Herald and the SUN. They shill for the NDP all the time now. It’s quite disgusting, to say the least.
commented 2016-03-14 17:48:36 -0400
Expect " good progress report magazines " from the Dippers, paid for by you.
commented 2016-03-14 17:03:03 -0400
Canadian hospitals should try spending their money where it benefits patients health. Minimize the inflated bureaucracy not flaunt it. Our socialized medical system is so flawed, the only time you get seen right away is if you come in on a gurney. Ontario is the worst, but it stinks in all provinces. Too many suits padding their pockets. It makes me sick just thinking about it.
I would rather pay and have decent healthcare with the most recent and best procedures. If you think you are getting timely, care that is designed to save your life in Canada think again. I’ll go to Mexico or the States for treatment before I waste my time dying in a Canadian hospital. Pathetic, pitiful. criminal. That any Americans thought it was a good idea to vote for Obamacare is beyond me, they should have studied our failure first.
commented 2016-03-14 16:40:55 -0400
I thought doctors and nurses would have banned magazines in waiting rooms long ago, when you realize the thousands of disease and germ laden hands that contaminate them, they have to be the worst thing you can touch. Oh well, more sickness more money.
commented 2016-03-14 16:38:48 -0400
Just another propaganda rag brought to you by the unions and the liberals. They love to spread their lies around. It also looks like free advertising for the liberals. I personally would return to sender, and let the government pay for the return. Everyone should do it, and then maybe they’ll take the hint, that we won’t be reading their lies.