Why Does Dr Brian Day Hate Canadians ?


tay
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The big five vultures anticipating the joys of feeding off Medicare's carcass include a B.C. medical privateer's legal challenge, a major trade deal, the public-private partnerships fleecing health budgets of hundreds of millions of dollars in excess costs in virtually every province, a new domestic services treaty, and lastly, Prime Minister Stephen Harper's new, imposed health "accord" that will decrease federal contributions to the provinces by $36 billion over 10 years.


Murray Dobbin points out (link is external) that we have reason to worry about the future of Canada's universal public health care system due to plenty of vultures waiting for it to die.




Dr. Brian Day's challenge, based on the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, is perhaps the most frightening, because if he wins it will effectively constitutionalize the right of health care corporations to compete with Medicare. Researcher Colleen Fuller's CCPA study, "The Legal Assault on Universal Health Care," (link is external) details how "Day wants the B.C. Supreme Court to legalize extra-billing, user fees and private insurance, creating an American-style health care system here in Canada." In the U.S., in 2004, "health care regulation cost up to $340 billion out of a total health expenditure of $1.7 trillion. In spite of such high expenditures, fraud costs the U.S. health system $75 billion annually."



The flurry of corporate rights agreements being pursued by the Harper government are also a threat to the viability of Medicare. The Canada-EU deal, the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement, will immediately add at least $2 billion to drug costs in this country. The international Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA) now being negotiated in secret threatens to apply the deregulatory imperative of investment agreements explicitly to services, including health care. As Public Services International has pointed out (link is external) , TiSA "would restrict governments' ability to regulate, purchase and provide services. This would essentially change the regulation of many public services from serving the public interest to serving the profit interests of private, foreign corporations."



But by far the most dangerous threat to Medicare is our prime minister, who loathes Medicare more than any other aspect of Canadian governance and democracy. Harper actually quit politics in the late 1990s to become the head of the viciously right-wing National Citizens Coalition -- an organization founded in the early 1970s explicitly to fight Medicare.
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Harper has abandoned all federal oversight or guardianship. There are no strings attached to the money. And the equalization aspect of the former accord is also gone, meaning increasingly unequal health care across the country and an erosion of the principle of universality. Lastly, the current funding formula not only brings the funding contribution of Ottawa to a record low 19 per cent, but it is not legally binding.


If Harper wins the election, he could unilaterally chop billions from Medicare any time he chooses.
 
taxslave
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What a load of crap. Government unions and mismanagement is what is destroying health care. That and a feeling of entitlement among public health care users that now figure that they MUST have all of the very latest tests and treatments for free. GO back to Tommy Douglas's time and see what was available then because the payment system is still based on that level of care.
 
Goober
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We will eventually end up with a Swiss or other European model for medicare.
 
Locutus
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Is it because

Day was raised in Toxteth, a working-class area of post-war Liverpool, England. He was one of five children in a family with strong Labour views. Both his mother and father were socialists. Day credited his personal shift from the political left to the political center-right by his disenchantment with the British labour movement's jurisdictional inertia and contributions to inefficiency in health care.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brian_Day

?

Who knows.

Anyway, the tyee.
 
taxslave
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Quote: Originally Posted by Goober View Post

We will eventually end up with a Swiss or other European model for medicare.

There are certainly other models out there that work better than ours.
 
Glacier
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Quote: Originally Posted by taxslave View Post

There are certainly other models out there that work better than ours.

Very true. I had to get some blood work done on my cat. Took him into the vet, and within three days all the blood work was done for like 40 different diseases. Then I had to get some blood work done for my son. They tested for like 10 different things, and all came back negative like 2 weeks later. Then they tried another 10 or so tests. Fricken 2 months later before they figured out the problem.
 
tay
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Quote: Originally Posted by Locutus View Post

Is it because

Day was raised in Toxteth, a working-class area of post-war Liverpool, England. He was one of five children in a family with strong Labour views. Both his mother and father were socialists. Day credited his personal shift from the political left to the political center-right by his disenchantment with the British labour movement's jurisdictional inertia and contributions to inefficiency in health care.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brian_Day

?

Who knows.

Anyway, the tyee.







Great.....he's another immigrant trying to change Canada.............








Dr Brian Day loses run-off election to head Doctors of B.C.






One of the strongest advocates for private health care options in Canada, Dr. Brian Day, has lost his bid to head the Doctors of B.C. organization in a run-off vote.


Dr Alan Ruddiman was elected into the position with a total of 3,065 votes. Dr Brian Day received a total of 2,462 votes. Approximately 50 per cent of the 11,000 members turned out for the second vote.


Day appeared to have won the original election last month, defeating Dr Alan Ruddiman by one vote. But a recount found the pair actually tied, triggering a run-off election.


Only about 20 per cent of doctors in the province cast ballots in the first vote, leading both candidates to criticize the membership for its apathy and disengagement.


Day, who is a part-owner of the Cambie Surgery Centre in Vancouver campaigned on platform for more privatized options in healthcare. He is currently suing the provincial government, saying patients should have the right to receive and pay for health services as they wish, rather than endure long waits for medical treatment.


Ruddiman campaigned on a platform that focused on improving the public healthcare system by reducing bureaucracy and reducing overcrowding in hospitals and emergency rooms.






Dr Brian Day loses run-off election to head Doctors of B.C. - British Columbia - CBC News
 
damngrumpy
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The solution then is to nationalize the healthcare system it is time to put some people
in their place under the clause of "The Public Good" I don't usually take that position
but in some cases these people who insist on Greed first need to be put in their place.
I believe in profit, I believe in good service and I believe some things should be in the
domain of government.

Healthcare for one
Social Services
The prison system
hospitals
hydro and natural gas for consumer distribution

The private sec tor does a good job in many other sectors
in most cases regulation is all that is required and when we get some who want to
go to far its time to introduce government either by full expropriation or legislation
that is tight and bullet proof under the public good. No foreign medical companies
either and some should be done to introduce generic prescriptions to cut costs
 
pgs
Free Thinker
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Quote: Originally Posted by damngrumpy View Post

The solution then is to nationalize the healthcare system it is time to put some people
in their place under the clause of "The Public Good" I don't usually take that position
but in some cases these people who insist on Greed first need to be put in their place.
I believe in profit, I believe in good service and I believe some things should be in the
domain of government.

Healthcare for one
Social Services
The prison system
hospitals
hydro and natural gas for consumer distribution

The private sec tor does a good job in many other sectors
in most cases regulation is all that is required and when we get some who want to
go to far its time to introduce government either by full expropriation or legislation
that is tight and bullet proof under the public good. No foreign medical companies
either and some should be done to introduce generic prescriptions to cut costs

Well there goes the Bayer Aspirins .
 
JLM
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Quote: Originally Posted by taxslave View Post

What a load of crap. Government unions and mismanagement is what is destroying health care. That and a feeling of entitlement among public health care users that now figure that they MUST have all of the very latest tests and treatments for free. GO back to Tommy Douglas's time and see what was available then because the payment system is still based on that level of care.

Another huge waste is people booking appts. and going to the E.R. for virus infections. Most of the time you can't do f**k all for a virus, one exception being the possibility it sets up the elderly for other problems. I think a $10 up front fee at the E.R. might deter people with trivial problems.
 
Curious Cdn
Conservative
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Quote: Originally Posted by taxslave View Post

There are certainly other models out there that work better than ours.

There are some that are far worse, too. Just look to the south ...
 
pgs
Free Thinker
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Quote: Originally Posted by Curious Cdn View Post

There are some that are far worse, too. Just look to the south ...

Funny that so many Canadian politicians seek treatment in that crappy American system .
 
gerryh
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Quote: Originally Posted by pgs View Post

Funny that so many Canadian politicians seek treatment in that crappy American system .




Ya, they an afford it. The average joe down there can't.
 
Curious Cdn
Conservative
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Quote: Originally Posted by pgs View Post

Funny that so many Canadian politicians seek treatment in that crappy American system .

Yeah

So many.

Three to four hundred a year. It's a stampede!

Lots of Americans have crossed the border at places like Windsor to get treatments at the E.R.s there because the poor and uninsured have no access to the system run by Blue Cross and Aetna.
 
JLM
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Quote: Originally Posted by pgs View Post

Funny that so many Canadian politicians seek treatment in that crappy American system .

Maybe not all that funny. I think if you have the bucks they have the facilities and the expertise. Actually it might be a good thing as it helps to reduce the pressure on our system at no cost to the lower income people.

Quote: Originally Posted by Curious Cdn View Post

Yeah

So many.

Three to four hundred a year. It's a stampede!

Lots of Americans have crossed the border at places like Windsor to get treatments at the E.R.s there because the poor and uninsured have no access to the system run by Blue Cross and Aetna.

Yeah, it's seems there's benefits and liabilities on both sides.
 
pgs
Free Thinker
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Quote: Originally Posted by JLM View Post

Maybe not all that funny. I think if you have the bucks they have the facilities and the expertise. Actually it might be a good thing as it helps to reduce the pressure on our system at no cost to the lower income people.


Yeah, it's seems there's benefits and liabilities on both sides.

SSShhh Our side is perfect , don't you know .
 
JLM
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Quote: Originally Posted by pgs View Post

SSShhh Our side is perfect , don't you know .

As far as I'm concerned your right, I think in one of the threads I gave a blow by blow of my recent trials and tribulation, in a nutshell I'm back to excellent health through dedication, professionalism, patience and kindness by the caregivers. It just doesn't get any better than that.
 

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