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KastelCo Member Level Grandfathered Member Thursday, 12/05/02 11:46:03 PM
Re: Frank Pembleton post# 767
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OT OT Hi Michael,
I'm actually in favour of universal healthcare if we could make it work. That's one area of a few where I lean to the left.
From personal experience in my youth I know first hand it can be on regular hard working families.

On the other hand I see health care 2 other ways,
1- through my wife's eyes, which tells me nothing has changed from experience in 2 below. She works both at a major Canadian hospital and in private practice. She's a professional but not a doc.
2- and first hand having spent a good part of my software career in the hospital niche. I've seen the inner workings and IMO it's not about the doctors, nurses or techs. I think most of them provide great value. I dealt extensively with the management, admin and MIS staff. Can you say government bureaucrat mentality and empire building ?

Unfortunately whatever government is in power they get their input too much from folks that have a vested interest in maintaining the status quo.

I wish I had an answer but the US model scares the hell out of me and it's (at the risk of being hokey) just not the Canadian way. That being said though I think the situation you mention ie. something covered by OHIP that you choose to get privately SB tax deductible. Actually I would like to see them go one step further. An actual reimbursement for the fair value they attribute to the procedure would be in order. and you just pay the differential which would be the tax deductible portion. Again it's government stupidity and not the ideal that is wrong.
They'd have proper statistics then on where the system is lacking and could act accordingly. Lets face it we don't pay extra 'cause we want to throw money away. We prioritize it and if we deem it worthwhile we spend. If you didn't need to spend you wouldn't.

I mean you'd think we'd have learned by now that lawyers are no smarter than anyone else. The premiss that one guy can switch from defense to transport to whatever or from finance to heatlh care to justice and understand all the issues after a few briefings .... right... They depend on bureaucrats and toadies...

I haven't read Romanov's report yet. I hope I'm not disappointed. Just throwing money at it (which is great with the voters) ain't the way.

End of RANT :o) Good luck tomorrow. I may pick some *** (LOL) up now now if it shows some weakness but I'm pretty loaded now with other stuff. Low on cash. Still got a few stink bids in. Despite all the excitement today I don't think it's quite the real thing yet.... but that's only my opinion and I'm quite covered if it is :o)

regards,
Kastel
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