Monday, August 31, 2009

Canadian brain surgery 

On this, the opening day of the World Congress of Neurological Surgery in Boston, a "Short Course in Brain Surgery." In Canada.

Yes, yes, we know that none of the actual bills in front of Congress now are actually proposing a Canadian-style single-payer system. We also know that many in the House who are holding out for a "public option" hope that it morphs in to such a system over time.

CWCID: A reader.


By Blogger Don Cox, at Mon Aug 31, 06:28:00 AM:

The obvious thing is to look closely at the various health systems in use around the world, find out which give the best results for the least cost to the average citizen, and plan from there.  

By Blogger dr kill, at Mon Aug 31, 07:59:00 AM:

I think what Don Cox meant to say was to check which world system gives the best results. I can answer that question. It is the American medical community.

I am not interested in government rationing. I have the best insurance I can afford and am happy with it. Is it expensive? Compared to what?

I will not put a price on the health of my loved ones, and I will not allow another to do so either.

Try and convince someone else they are average; my family is exceptional and will be treated as such by me.

I will defend your right to treat your loved ones as you wish to the death. Enjoy your less expensive care, just remember, you get what you pay for.  

By Anonymous Anonymous, at Mon Aug 31, 08:30:00 AM:

But which system cuts cost or rations best?? Probably Cuba. No MRIs, no on and on, but the politicians get the best care reserved for themselves the elite. Any cutting of expenses here will mean rationing and/or paying your doctor minimum wage but an increased work load. Expect to see immediate reductions in physician supply, retirement, and a huge faloff in the quality of replacements.  

By Anonymous Tress, at Mon Aug 31, 09:33:00 AM:

Yeah, rationing NEVER happens with private insurance carriers. There are hundreds of thousand more stories like that one right here in your own country, probably hundreds more in your own hometown.

The ironic part is Senator Coburn offering to help a wife whose husband has been denied health coverage for her sick husband while in the next breath proclaiming that government is not the answer.

Um.... Does Senator Coburn understand that he IS the Government?  

By Anonymous Anonymous, at Mon Aug 31, 09:59:00 AM:

The US plan would be different. In the US, the decision makers won't be politicians but, rather, former ACORN organizers who have been promised good government jobs by President Mugabe Obama. In accordance with the democratic party standards of integrity, disputes about timing of treatment will be resolved by payments of cash directly to the decision makers. It'll be a lot like Dodd getting a good deal because he was a friend of Angelo.  

By Blogger K. Pablo, at Mon Aug 31, 07:00:00 PM:

Teddy Kennedy had the identical symptom presentation and the same tumor, albeit of a higher grade. How long did HE have to wait for his MRI?  

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