“You guys are evil,” he laughs in the new issue of Rolling Stone. “Canada’s the best country in the world. We go to the doctor and we don’t need to worry about paying him, but here, your whole life, you’re broke because of medical bills. My bodyguard’s baby was premature, and now he has to pay for it. In Canada, if your baby’s premature, he stays in the hospital as long as he needs to, and then you go home.”
Ahhh… to be 17 rich and clueless. The reality is: “We go to the doctor spend your whole life on a waiting list and they you are broke from sky high sales and income taxes”. Somehow I doubt the next time Justin sees the doctor it’s at public walk-in clinic.
The last thing Canada needs is another bloated Federal entitlement program. In fact the solution is less Government entitlements. If we cut a vast majority of Federal spending (agriculture, fishing, forestry, mining, manufacturing and regional subsidies etc.) we could conceivable eliminate the income tax entirely. Add the savings of the elimination of tens of thousands of paper pushers in Ottawa and their bloated salaries, pensions and benefits and this would result in billions of dollars back (or never taken in the first place) in the pockets of Canadians.
Let the provinces and local municipalities use the now vacated tax buffer to address social issues such as these. Friends, family and private charity should be the first option for support and government should be the last. I really try not to start calling everything socialism but despite the best intentions of this type of plan it is what it ends up being. If implemented the size and scope of such a program would have no end and all it would do is further strip any sense of personal responsibility that our society is dearly lacking.
“That toxic environment has been blamed by some for the tragic shooting rampage at a political meeting in Arizona last week, which killed six and injured 14, including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who was shot in the head.”
“Ten to one of our members are telling us not to give up severance pay,” Mr. Corbett said. “We’re not going to give it up for nothing. Many of our members would go to the wall for this. It’s a very contentious issue.”
Public unions should be outlawed and public sector pay and benefits should be brought in line with the private sector. The first item to be eliminated is severance pay.
We are broke and these gold plated entitlements will come back to haunt us someday.
“The report points to a policy decision in December 2006 by then Industry Minister Maxime Bernier that ordered the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission to use market forces to the maximum extent possible, and ensure that regulation was minimally intrusive.”
Deregulation is not the issue. In fact the industry needs to be further deregulated and eliminate the foreign ownership restrictions. Bell, Rogers and Telus are an oligopoly (like a monopoly but with more than one company).
The are entrenched because they were all started as provincial monopolies and then allowed to merge under ‘deregulation’ without the availablity of third parties to enter the market at the same time.
The smaller players (Fido, Clearnet etc.) never had a chance without a big player with deep pockets (T-Mobile. Verizon, Vodafone etc.) to back an aggressive expansion.
This report points to the failure of ‘market forces’ but this is hardly a free market. Look at most of the third world – they have cheap mobile phones because their governments don’t waste time regulating the industry to death in a misguided attempt to ‘keep the business in the country’ like Canada does.
“In September 2009, Hudye Farms filed a mandatory CWB declaration with a major grain company that all wheat Hudye Farms intended to deliver in the 2009-10 crop year would be of the CWRS class. Hudye Farms submitted samples of its wheat to the Canadian Grain Commission and received official certificates that the wheat sampled from their bins was of the CWRS class. Based on its own tests, the CWB’s grain agent confirmed the same. Subsequently, Hudye Farms entered into an 8,625 tonne CWRS wheat delivery contract with the CWB.
In March 2010, Hudye Farms began delivering their wheat. Following receipt of over 7,419 tonnes of their wheat, the CWB advised Hudye Farms that subsequent testing had determined that 122.5 tonnes of their wheat contained 23.6% of an ineligible variety (606/Granite, which is a Canadian registered variety). The CWB then downgraded 122.5 tonnes of the wheat to feed, deemed Hudye Farms to be in default, cancelled all their delivery contracts, and claimed damages on the entire 8,625 tonne contract even though approximately 1,200 tonnes of the wheat had yet to be delivered.”
Only in Canada would such a system seem normal, taken for granted and no one in any hurry to abolish it. This great video pretty much sums up the CWB:
“Canadians use emergency rooms more than people from 10 other countries, mainly because they can’t get access to their regular medical care during weekends and evenings, a new survey says.”
Issues like this seem fairly simple to me. When the Government intervenes in something, despite the best intentions, it always causes shortages and quality issues.
To set the stage for a parallel example what if your car needed an oil change today? I would argue that it would take you only a few hours to find a business that could perform the services you require and at a reasonable cost. You have many options; Canadian Tire, Mr. Lube, The Great Canadian Oil Change and many other businesses that all can change your oil and for the most part the cost and service is the same.
Now lets look at the ‘I need a prescription filled’ or ‘I have an ache / pain’ scenario. The Provincial medical plans typically only pay a small fee per visit per issue (I am the only one that has had a Doctor tell me to book another appointment when I had more than a few issues to discuss). This results in the assembly line system that most clinic have where you are rushed though like cattle. Most Doctors do want to provide decent service to their patients so they will limit the number of them that they see. If you double the number of patients that cuts in half the likelihood you can book an appointment at any given time. Now add to this the fact that these visits are ‘free’. There is no incentive to limit the frequency that you see your doctor or the ER for that matter. The end result is wait times and bad service.
The solution is simple: Allow a free market in health care and time we release the shackles of the Canada Health Act. Allow Doctors operate a true private practice, to charge for exams, prescriptions etc. You will see some real innovative Doctors using web / email / phone to eliminate the routine stuff that clogging up the system. You can still offer the universal system to those that need it but a parallel private system is the only option. Pouring more money into a bottomless pit won’t solve anything. When something is free and you don’t set limits on the quantity available are we really surprised by the outcome?