Survey says! One in 5 Canadians can’t find a doctor

Posted on June 19th, 2008 by bile
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Canadians continue to suffer from a doctor shortage, according to a new report that found 1 in 5 people have not been able to find a physician to treat them regularly.

A Canadian Community Health Survey (CCHS) released Wednesday found that more than four million Canadians are without a doctor, either because they have not found a family physician to take them on, or because they have not looked for one.

This proportion was up by 3 per cent since the 1996/1997 National Population Health Survey.

“The overall picture of the study is that we’re not doing as well as we need to do in the whole picture,” said Dr. Brian Day with the Canadian Medical Association. “A 26,000 doctor shortage falls short of the average of other developing countries.”

The survey also concluded that Canadians are not necessarily healthier than they were a couple of years ago. Then again, they’re not worse off either.

Since 2005, obesity rates among Canadians have not changed, according to the report. Nor have the number of Canadians who smoke.

This is despite drastic changes in those health categories in previous years.

The report was based on a comprehensive survey of 65,000 Canadians throughout 2007.

Seems that Canada’s universal healthcare isn’t so universal. To be fair the headline is misleading. Many of those who can’t find one haven’t really looked and just go to ERs when needed. Problem is with these things is that there are likely lots of people like me. I have health insurance but no doctor. I’ve not seen one in years. Pushing 10 if not more. There are likely lots of young people who don’t bother. That brings up another point though. If all these people aren’t using the service, either voluntarily or because of doctor scarcity, shouldn’t they not be paying for it?

Some notes on last nights MSNBC Democratic debate

Posted on January 16th, 2008 by bile
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I couldn’t stand to watch the whole thing… nor did I take notes this time but I’ve a few things to point out.

  • The very first thing mentioned was the whole race/gender arguments going about. That they all wish to stop talking about it. That race nor gender matter and shouldn’t be part of their campaigns. The second thing mentioned is how the three on stage are qualified to be their. Hillary immediately brings up her gender and talks about what she has accomplished as one.
  • They continue to make race and gender an issue throughout the first half of the debate and none of the candidates cared to stop the questions. Even after a member of the audience started yelling about how all the questions where referring to race/gender.
  • Just like all the Republicans minus Ron Paul… the Democrats don’t understand economics. Their drivel about the economy was pathetic. It’s like a child’s ignorant view of the world. They speak of surface level issues.
  • Hillary accuses all the Republicans of being prowar. Wanting to continue the Bush administration’s plans. Anyone who pays any attention knows that’s not the case. If Mr. Kucinich had been on the stage I’d hope he would have pointed that out along with how none of them on stage have a consistent stance on the war.
  • None of the candidates attending obviously care much that others still in the race are ignored. NHGOP had the conviction to pull their sponsership when Hunter and Paul were left out of the forum in New Hampshire. Stereotypically the Democrats are supposed to be for equality even recently wanting to reenact the Fairness Doctrine. Yet Gravel and Kucinich are left out without even a mention.
  • They spoke of universal healthcare. Unfortunately they lie and really mean compulsory health insurance. While they usually mean the same thing politically, conceptually they are very different. Universal heathcare as people generally think of is not possible and compulsory health insurance gives better rates and service to those who are worse off and hurts those who are healthy. It’s also a blatant infringement on a persons right to spend their money as they see fit. Throw it on top of workers comp, SSI, etc.
  • Opposing Yucka Mountain is retarded. As is opposing nuclear power plants. They are the cleanest and most efficient forms of energy production we have available. I don’t care if opening a new nuke plant a week wouldn’t make a huge difference on CO2 emissions. It’d provide us with more and cheaper power so we can more easily remove coal plants. The nations fear of nuclear waste disposal is fairly unfounded by all accounts I’ve come across including my father’s who worked in the field for >15 years.
  • They seemed to all support manditory civil service or at least encouraged it. I thought the 13th amendment stopped that kind of thing.
  • I can’t recall much else. They all scare me.

One last thing. Bill Clinton the other day said something like: I don’t think race or gender has cost Hillary or Obama any votes… put it probably got them some. Is it really good to admit that your supporters are bigots and supporting you just because of your gender/race? I thought the Democrats were against that kind of thing. If a Republican had said that they were getting votes because they are male and white in contrast to the woman and the darky their would have been outrage.

What does the “C” stand for again?

Posted on November 17th, 2007 by bile
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For anyone who still believes that the debate over expanding the state Children’s Health Insurance Program (S-CHIP) is really about health care for poor children, the New York Times reports that 8 Senate Democrats have signed a letter saying they will oppose any compromise that doesn’t allow the program to continue covering adults.

Currently, 12 states currently use S-CHIP funds to provide taxpayer-funded insurance for adults. According to data released by the Department of Health and Human Services in July, Wisconsin covers almost twice as many adults as children — and spends 75 percent of its S-CHIP funds on them. Minnesota spends 63 percent of its S-CHIP funds on adults. In New Jersey, it’s 43 percent.

Let’s keep that in mind the next time we see ads featuring adorable little kids pleading for those mean, nasty Republicans to give them health insurance.

I’m not sure how anyone could defend this program besides those who want to use this as a foot in the door for universal healthcare? I can guarantee that there are children who don’t receive any support yet all these adults are. It’s really sad they can’t just be straight with people and place a bill on the floor of Congress that lays out the plan black and white instead of sneaking it in through a bill ‘for the children.’


The Free Clinic Movement

Posted on November 7th, 2007 by bile
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Warren County, Virginia, at the confluence of the North and South Forks of the Shenandoah River has neither the rolling hills of horse country nor the fertile plains of the Shenandoah Valley.

Of its 36,000 citizens, an estimated 6,000 are uninsured. Typically, when they get sick, the uninsured go to the emergency room, which is about the most inefficient and costly way of delivering primary medical care.

But, thanks to the initiative of some local Christians, the uninsured of Warren County can instead go to the St. Luke Community Clinic for free medical care. In FY 2006, 2,633 uninsured people did just that.

St. Luke Clinic is one of an estimated two thousand Free Clinics around the country, fifty of them in Virginia. In 2006, the total budget of all the Free Clinics in Virginia was about $18 million, which they leveraged to a value in excess of $80 million.

The Free Clinic movement is living embodiment of many conservative principles: the principles of subsidiarity and voluntarism, the spirit of enterprise and of community self-reliance. As health care becomes more and more of a national concern, if people are truly concerned about the less fortunate, there should be a population explosion in the number of free clinics around the country.

People always ask how the poor would receive care in an actual free market of healthcare. Here’s one way. There used to be these before our current system it’s just that the government effectively put them out of business. It doesn’t take much effort to research the history of our nation before it went all hybrid socialist… I really wish people would do so before ignorantly spouting out about how the world will end without universal healthcare. Passing ignorance is forgivable. Knowing you’re ignorant and making statements about the topic anyway is not.

UK: Two more nanny state stories

Posted on September 14th, 2007 by bile
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A sandwich seller who passed food to pupils through the school gates was asked to move on by the police.

Children began placing orders at Michael Daley’s shop this term after their school banned them from leaving the grounds at lunchtime without permission.

Some did not want to eat the meals in the canteen – so they phoned their requests to Mr Daley instead.

Although the pupils were delighted with his deliveries, the school was not.…

A smoker is facing years of pain after an NHS hospital refused to set his broken ankle unless he gives up cigarettes.

John Nuttall, 57, needs the operation to fix the ankle he broke in three places two years ago and which was not healed by a plaster cast.

Doctors at the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro have refused to operate to rebuild the ankle because they say Mr Nuttall’s heavy smoking would reduce the chance of a full recovery.

A spokesman for the hospital trust said: “Smoking has a very big influence on the outcome of this type of surgery and the healing process would be hindered significantly.”

Evil southern chicken wraps are killing British students! Run for the hills!! My high school didn’t let us leave for lunch and barely gave us anything worth eating. Even the burgers were crap. I ended up eating salads for 2+ years because they charged per salad and not weight. All meat and cheese salads are good. This is sad. These are young adults. They are perfectly capable of choosing what to eat. Mr Crossan is just worried of losing his Healthy School status.

As for the smoker… what was that about universal healthcare? I’m glad the NHS are more than happy to prescribe Mr Nuttall morphine but won’t fix the ankle causing the pain. If I were him I’d be selling that morphine to the highest bidder and buy the surgery from a private firm… if he can. He’s more than welcome to come to the States. Maybe Michael Moore could pick up the tab. Maybe he could break it again and go to the emergency room?