Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Liberals Gearing Up for Renewed Fight to Preserve Socialized Medicine

Today, Alberta Premier Ralph Klein unveiled his plan for health care reform in his Province. The plan allows for some private care to exist side by side the current public system. Access to health care will still be available to everyone.

The reforms are designed to allow the private sector to find solutions to problems that government politicians created when they imposed our current socialist health care system on the country. Long waiting lists, people being treated in hospital hallways and substandard care are just some of the problems. There have even been cases of Canadians dying on waiting lists, waiting to receive the care they need.

Ralph Klein’s new plan called the third way, will go a long way to fixing many of these problems. The most significant change will involve non-necessary health care. So much of a provinces health budget is used on things like abortions, sex-change operations, chiropractors and podiatrists. Allowing the people of Alberta to pay for these kinds of non-essential medical services will free up more of the Province’s money for emergency care, diagnostics and other medical services that save lives.

Already the liberal mainstream media has the Alberta Premier on the defensive with accusations that his proposals amount to two-tier health care. Two-tier healthcare is the favorite buzz word of left-wing Canadians that object to any reform of Canada’s broken health care system. The only solution the left has for fixing our health care system is to spend more tax payer money. This is the reason Paul Martin was lionized for agreeing to extra health care spending spread out over 10-years.

These reforms are long overdue in a country that has embraced socialist healthcare, watched it fail miserably for decades and refused the bitter medicine necessary to fix the problem.


At 7:20 p.m., Anonymous 905 Tory said...

CTV is running a pathetic headline on the story: Klein denies new health-care plan is two-tiered. Ah yes, there's that evil swear word again, "two-tier." Too bad the headline wasn't something more like the one Canoe News has: Enhanced health-care for Albertans. Interestingly enough, the CBC is running a rather "neutral" headline: Klein launches 'third way' health-care changes.

At 10:09 p.m., Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does anyone have statistics on how much health care costs grow annually? The last I heard it was 10%.

If this is true, then clearly something has to be done to fix the system other than to simply throw money at the it.

Struggling economies grow on average at around 1% (I beleive that two consecutive quarters of negative growth in the GDP constitutes a recession), while economies in booming times grow annually at 4%

Even with a booming economy, the difference is 6%.

I don't believe I've ever heard anyone on the left who advocate the status quo explain exactly how the current system can be sustained in the long term if the costs of health care far outstrip the rate of growth in the economy.

I live in Ontario, and I beleive that about a decade ago 25% of the provincial budget went to health care whereas today it's around 50%.

At which point will the left say that an alternative approaches are needed? When 60, 70, 80% of budgets are taken up by healh care costs? And if just throwing money at the problem is their solution then won't funding in other areas have to be reduced?

The argument over health care highlights the biggest difference between the left and right.

The left is ideological while the right is practical.

At 10:37 p.m., Blogger Bill said...

The left is ideological while the right is practical.

The Harris government increased health care spending dramatically, while at the same time the Feds under Finance Minister Paul Martin cut the guts out of their health care transfers to the provinces.

But it was Harris who took the heat from the liberal media.

You might say "The left is hypocritical while the right is honest."

At 8:53 a.m., Blogger Shane said...

I thought we were past the "two-tiered" buzzword now that the courts have said that one-tiered health care is unconstitutional. It can't be a bad word anymore if the courts say it is good can it?

Can it?

At 12:13 p.m., Anonymous Anonymous said...

Someone I know has been waiting a year for a hip replacement, her operation is scheduled for Sept. of this year.

Lets not even begin discussing the damage, that her prescription pain killers must be causing her liver.

Liberals can scream all the ideology they want. We are going to have enhanced health care in this country.

So what if its called "two-tiered"?

I call it better.

And regarding Shane's thoughts on the courts. Isn't it interesting to see the libs forsake, ignore and condemn, their beloved Supreme Court?


At 8:20 p.m., Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is plenty of private health care already in Canada -- just look at Quebec.

But the Liberals (and their proxies in the media) hardly ever attack Quebec, it's only Alberta when their alarm bells go off.

"Screw the west, we'll take the rest!" Didn't Trudeau, the master of divide and conquer before Chretien and Martin came along, say something like that?

And the media is on the Liberals' side today, too. And it doesn't matter if it's federal or provincial.

Again, I live in Ontario, and when our premier, Dalton McGuinty, "privitized" select medical services (chiropractic, physiotherapy and optometry) but the media constantly uses the term "de-listed".

That's what it has come down to with the media. When you pocket with a Conservative gov't in power, it's called privitization. But with a Liberal gov't in power, it's merely "de-listing" services.

Need I say more about the media's bias?

At 8:22 p.m., Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Pay out of pocket." Sorry, hit send before edit.

At 1:57 p.m., Anonymous Anonymous said...

It would be nice if we could consider allowing something like nurse practioners like they use in Britain. These nurses have a couple of years extra training and they can prescribe medication. Since doctors now require expensive appointments (for medicare) to get a new drug prescription, perhaps this might help lower health costs and increase access to medical advice.


At 9:53 p.m., Blogger Dodos said...

That's an interesting idea with the nurses being able to prescribe medication. It would alleviate alot of time complications for those times when people go in just to get a simple prescription for something common.


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