During potential First Husband’s first term as president Bill Clinton purposed a comprehensive plan to provide universal health care for all Americans. It came to be known as “Hillary Care” and was to be a cornerstone of the administration’s first-term agenda.
When the plan was unmasked as being overly bureaucratic and restrictive of patient choice it died a quite death. You can bet your last dollar the issue will be resurrected if and when Hilldabeast decides to fullfill Bill’s First Husband dreams in 2008.
Those that back such efforts to add to the federal budget via another cash cow for HMO’s would do well to look to our northern friends in Canada.
Canadian Medical Association (CMA) this week held it’s annual meeting and the most divisive issue on the table was whether or not to allow patients to opt out of the national health care system by purchasing private health insurance.
Canadian doctors have given their blessing to patients having the option of purchasing private health insurance as a possible solution to the problem of not getting timely medically necessary treatment in the public system.
Delegates to the annual meeting of the Canadian Medical Association weighed in on the divisive subject Wednesday, defeating key resolutions aimed at getting voting physicians to register intolerance for any new parallel system of private health care.
The meeting was marked by what appeared to be a determined willingness by the majority of the 250 delegates to keep private-care options firmly on the table.
A day earlier, they overwhelming approved a resolution asking governments to remove existing bans that prevent physicians from practising in both the private and public sectors. At the time, they rejected an amendment that said such a move would be allowed only if there was no negative impact on the publicly funded system.
For those that didn’t pass Reading Comprehension 101, in short, it says doctors have been barred from working in private practice if they currently work within the public health system.
This signals a major shift in Canadian attitudes about public vs. private healthcare. Outgoing CMA president Dr. Ruth Collins-Nakai in an attempt to put on a smiley face on the meeting said, “If we begin to put doctors’ interests ahead of the patients and advocate a parallel system to compete against (the public system), we will lose the public trust.”
Newsflash doctor the public is suffering through a lack of access to diagnostic equipment and long waits in crowded hospitals under the current system and their trust in the system has about run its course.
Hillary, are you paying attention to our northern neighbors? Or are you spending too much time bashing Donald Rumsfeld as you attempt to pander to the far left barking moonbats like this one or these two?
For a more in depth look at the Canadian system and its failures I suggest the CBC as a good general resource on the topic and its archive pages hold a good amount of data on its beginnings as a “natiional system” starting in the 1950’s.