Government Employees Defending Their Special Privileges By Morality?

   Do not think about, write about or deal with  human behavior without determining the effects of incentives.

     When socialists get a hold on something, they rapidly transform it from a semi-reasonable idea to an ironclad monstrosity of myth. Canadian healthcare was originally sold on the notion that a health care crisis could wipe out a person or family. It has since changed into something different. Like all socialist events it has taken on a moral mantle .Everyone must have the same care. The government must pay for everything, even pointless office visits. I personally hear about dozens of these a year where routine illnesses result in visits to physicians. In addition, the government bureaucracy becomes administration-heavy and a resting place for overpaid government workers. People scratch their heads when the “system” becomes more expensive. Any assault upon it is regarded with the same disdain as torturing puppies and skewering babies.

    As all government enterprises, the employees are overpaid and never fired. It’s the unions, don’t ya know?

National Post
Marni Soupcoff

A case that could change Canadian health care

Pay for our own care, or that of a loved one? Why it’s virtually sacrilege to even think it

Last week, I read an email asking for money to help defeat a “dangerous legal challenge” that will “weaken the Canadian economy.” The scourge that had got the sender into such a lather? A lawsuit based on the audacious premise that Canadians who are suffering or dying on a wait-list should be able to pay to access the health care they need.

Pay for our own care, or that of a loved one? Why it’s virtually sacrilege to even think it. That would be “U.S.style” care, the email explained — a label that is supposed to end all debate.

But the debate is happening anyway. And that is driving Medicare purists such as the above-quoted e-mailer (B.C. Healthcare Coalition co-chair Rick Turner) nuts. As the Toronto Star reported last month, Toronto doctor Danielle Martin (whose telling-off of a U.S. Republican senator spawned a viral YouTube clip earlier this year) saw fit to warn a union gathering that the case is “the biggest threat to medicare in this generation.”

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   A union gathering. Unions supporting government “enterprise” which provide them with far more salary than they are worth.

Given the rhetoric, you might think that some bogeyman is trying to take “free” health care away from Canadians. Here’s what’s actually happening: Four British Columbians who suffered real physical harm while waiting for access to health care will be in court in September, along with Vancouver’s Cambie Surgical Centre, arguing for all Canadians’ right to make their own health care choices. That includes paying out of pocket or through private insurance for an MRI or other crucial test or surgery if the government can’t make it available when it’s needed.

Three of the plaintiffs in the case are teenagers whose young lives already have been negatively shaped by the ban on accessing private care. They include Walid Waitkus, a 16-year-old with progressive spine deformity, who was paralyzed after a 27-month wait for care; and 18-year-old Chris Chiavatti, who suffered permanent damage while waiting for treatment of his knee injury. Another plaintiff, 37-year-old Mandy Martens, saw her colon cancer spread while she languished on a wait-list. Two other British Columbians were originally part of the action, but they died waiting for the case to go to trial.

These plaintiffs aren’t individuals out to destroy Canada’s public health care model. They are human beings who have been forced to pay with their own well-being and lives for an abstract government-imposed ideal that has long since ceased working in practice.

These aren’t people asking for “U.S.-style” care. They are patients asking for the health care choice that is available to residents of every other democracy in the world except Canada: the option to pay for needed treatment to end or reduce their own suffering if the government can’t end or reduce it for them.

As the executive director of the Canadian Constitution Foundation, which is supporting the constitutional challenge, I have heard many arguments against the case. Most of them declare that a system in which everyone can pay privately for access to timely health care is inferior to a system in which the government pays for access to timely health care for everyone. As the B.C. Healthcare collation puts: “Canadians take pride in a system that looks after all of us when we need it.”

The problem is that this venerated system, which “looks after all of us when we need it,” does not exist. If it did, it would have looked after Walid, Chris and Mandy, and there would not be 1-million Canadians currently waiting for necessary health care.

But isn’t paying for private care “queue jumping”? A better metaphor for seeking to pay for one’s own care is removing oneself from the queue entirely and thereby shortening the wait for everyone else. Which is not such a terrible thing. Indeed, it may be the only thing that will relieve enough pressure on the public system to allow it to deliver care (specialists, diagnostics, procedures, surgeries) when it’s needed.

A lawsuit that seeks to empower Canadians to care for their own health will be seen as a “dangerous legal challenge” only by those who value “medicare” as a concept more than they value the people it is supposed to serve. What is ultimately more compassionate? A system that proudly eschews private money while holding its patients hostage; or a system that guarantees public funding while allowing its patients to choose their own path to health?

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    There is class warfare here. Those dependent on the government wrap their privilege in morality so that they can continue to enjoy benefits far above their ability and effort.

Government Job or Respect–Which’ll It Be?
Cheerio and ttfn,
Grant Coulson, Ph.D.
Author, “Days of Songs and Mirrors: A Jacobite in the ‘45.”
Cui Bono–Cherchez les Contingencies

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