Dreamin wrote:I'll forgive you if you change my title to GLONO Board Bolshevik.
Awesome. Congratulations on your new title! The proletariat salutes you (and your socialized medical care).
MF wrote:So before anyone gets concerned about private public partnerships, that's exactly what we've had in Canada for 40+ years.
Incidentally, I used to track public opinion polling for a large provincial health care organization and one of the most interesting results was that about 80%+ of Canadians who receieved hospital care said they were extremely satisfied with the care they received. Yet these same people, who were so happy with their health care, expressed little to no confidence that a family member, neighbour or friend would receive similar services should they be required. There's been so much worry and negative media attention to health care in Canada that a huge proportion of polling respondents thought their excellent care was an anomaly.
Barabajagal wrote:Very interesting MF! Thanks.
Yeah, this isn't silly. I don't claim to understand the vagaries of supplying efficient health care to vast populations of people. I do know that it's usually not the best idea to have federal government run anything it is not Constitutionally supposed to do. But I'm not too hardass on that. There's no hard line between gov regulation of markets and gov interference in markets.
(Plus, I love my parks and my public radio/television, too!)
What I wonder is, are we comparing apples to oranges when it comes to the U.S./Canada comparison? Not just the Big Pharma/lazy slob/lifestyle of the USA, but the population differences, numerically, demographically? Does that factor in?
miss carol wrote:
Calling Canada socialist or communist or Marxist is silly...
Dreamin wrote:What are your thoughts on the NAFTA issue that I raised earlier?
Chris G wrote:I never said Canada's system was Marxist. What Dreamin proposes wanting to turn Canada's system into is pure Marxist. And it is.
Canada's national health insurance program, often referred to as "Medicare", is designed to ensure that all residents have reasonable access to medically necessary hospital and physician services, on a prepaid basis. Instead of having a single national plan, we have a national program that is composed of 13 interlocking provincial and territorial health insurance plans, all of which share certain common features and basic standards of coverage. Framed by the Canada Health Act, the principles governing our health care system are symbols of the underlying Canadian values of equity and solidarity.
MF wrote:so long as the fundamentals of the Canada Health Act are upheld and services are universal, accessible and publicly funded I have no issue with any of this...
MF wrote:Do you know when Barlow wrote this? It seems rather dated...
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