Thursday, June 3, 2010

Canada’s Healthcare System Is Going Broke - Aye

Oh those Obamacare supporters.
They got it totally wrong again.
We told them so - but they wanted to jam this government healthcare down all of our throats.
Canada's system was their model.
It's going terribly broke.

The cost of providing “free” medical care to all residents is crippling Canada's budget. It's a fiscal nightmare which is now having to make some reductions in care.
Pressured by an aging population and the need to rein in budget deficits, Canada's provinces are taking tough measures to curb healthcare costs, a trend that could erode the principles of the popular state-funded system.

Ontario, Canada's most populous province, kicked off a fierce battle with drug companies and pharmacies when it said earlier this year it would halve generic drug prices and eliminate "incentive fees" to generic drug manufacturers.

British Columbia is replacing block grants to hospitals with fee-for-procedure payments and Quebec has a new flat health tax and a proposal for payments on each medical visit -- an idea that critics say is an illegal user fee.

And a few provinces are also experimenting with private funding for procedures such as hip, knee and cataract surgery.

It's likely just a start as the provinces, responsible for delivering healthcare, cope with the demands of a retiring baby-boom generation. Official figures show that senior citizens will make up 25 percent of the population by 2036. ...

"We can't continually see health spending growing above and beyond the growth rate in the economy because, at some point, it means crowding out of all the other government services. ...

Healthcare in Canada is delivered through a publicly funded system, which covers all "medically necessary" hospital and physician care and curbs the role of private medicine. It ate up about 40 percent of provincial budgets, or some C$183 billion ($174 billion) last year.

Spending has been rising 6 percent a year under a deal that added C$41.3 billion of federal funding over 10 years.

But that deal ends in 2013, and the federal government is unlikely to be as generous in future, especially for one-off projects. ...

"Why are we paying more or the same for cataract surgery when it costs substantially less today than it did 10 years ago? There's going to be a finer look at what we're paying for and, more importantly, what we're getting for it," he said.

Other problems include trying to control independently set salaries for top hospital executives and doctors and rein in spiraling costs for new medical technologies and drugs.

Ontario says healthcare could eat up 70 percent of its budget in 12 years, if all these costs are left unchecked. ...

The province has introduced legislation that ties hospital chief executive pay with the quality of patient care and says it wants to put more physicians on salary to save money. ...

Universal healthcare is central to Canada's national identity, and decisions are made as much on politics as economics.

"It's an area that Canadians don't want to see touched," said TD's Burleton. "Essentially it boils down the wishes of the population. But I think, from an economist's standpoint, we point to the fact that sometimes Canadians in the short term may not realize the cost."

You see, government intervention doesn't keep healthcare costs down, and it is an unsustainable system. Healthcare is NOT "free". Someone has to pay for it. On top of that, when they start to ration care, or put a cap on what healthcare professionals can make, or on what medicines you can have, then consumers choices are taken away. Doctors ultimately leave the profession. This really hurts people who need care.

Look at these wait times!

Most Americans who DID NOT want this kind of a system, inherently knew this.
They see what has happened to Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security.
These programs are broke too.
Government ultimately has no business in the healthcare business.

Hopefully, we can vote people into office who will repeal this Progressive Liberal nonsense, or at least defund it before it bankrupts our country more than it already is and causes us to provide healthcare in hallways.