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Monday, October 08, 2007

Keepin up and thoughts on National Health Care

SorryI haven't been more regular in posts -
Sewing shows have kept me busy...
Now working diligently on 2 more patterns for my Creative Sweatshirt Jackets:
1. Genesis - a good beginner project - featuring 4 jackets
2. Celebration - the flare-back fancy one that everyone loves

Got this email as copied below regarding National Health Care. With a hubby with heart history, and currently in the hospital with an infection, it 'speaks' to me. Nothing comes free - much less good health care. I can't imagine the scenario painted below...

Sew - read and consider this carefully as you consider your political persuasions ...

Friends,>> This was forwarded to me by a friend who is a physcian. This is very real > and very scary! At one point serveral years ago, The city of Memphis had 9 > MR magnets. The country of Canada had 2. Something to think about!>> --Tyler>>>

I saw on the news up here in Canada where Hillary Clinton introduced her > new health care plan. Something similar to what we have in Canada. I > also heard that Michael Moore was raving about the health care up here in > Canada in his latest movie. As your friend and someone who lives with the > Canada health care plan I thought I would give you some facts about this > great medical plan that we have in Canada.>>

First of all:>>

1) The health care plan in Canada is not free. We pay a premium every > month of $96 for Shirley and I to be covered. Sounds great eh? What they > don't tell you is how much we pay in taxes to keep the health care system > afloat. I am personally in the 55% tax bracket. Yes 55% of my earnings > go to taxes. A large portion of that and I am not sure of the exact > amount goes directly to health care, our #1 expense.>>

2) I would not classify what we have as health care plan, it is more like > a health diagnosis system. You can get into to see a doctor quick enough > so he can tell you "yes indeed you are sick or you need an operation" but > now the challenge becomes getting treated or operated on. We have waiting > lists out the ying yang some as much as 2 years down the road.>>

3) Rather than fix what is wrong with you the usual tactic in Canada is > to prescribe drugs. Have a pain here is a drug to take- not what is > causing the pain and why. No time for checking you out because it is more > important to move as many patients thru as possible each hour for > Government re-imbursement>>

4) Many Canadians do not have a family Doctor.>>

5) Don't require emergency treatment as you may wait for hours in the > emergency room waiting for treatment.>>

6) Shirley's dad cut his hand on a power saw a few weeks back and it > required that his hand be put in a splint - to our surprise we had to pay > $125 for a splint because it is not covered under health care plus we have > to pay $60 for each visit for him to check it out each week.>>

7) Shirley's cousin was diagnosed with a heart blockage. Put on a > waiting list . Died before he could get treatment.>>

8) Government allots so many operations per year. When that is done no > more operations, unless you go to your local newspaper and plead your case > and embarrass the government then money suddenly appears.>>

9)The Government takes great pride in telling us how much more they are > increasing the funding for health care but waiting lists never get > shorter. Government just keeps throwing money at the problem but it never > goes away. But they are good at finding new ways to tax us, but they > don't call it a tax anymore it is now a user fee.>>

10) A friend needs an operation for a blockage in her leg but because she > is a smoker they will not do it. Despite paying into the health care > system all these years. My friend is 65 years old. Now there is talk > that maybe we should not treat people who are overweight either because > they are a drain on the health care system. Let me see now, what we want > in Canada is a health care system for healthy people only. That should > reduce our health care costs.>>

11) Forget getting a second opinion, what you see is what you get.>>

12) I can spend what money I have left after taxes on booze, cigarettes, > junk food and anything else that could kill me but I am not allowed by law > to spend my money on getting an operation I need because that would be > jumping the queue. I must wait my turn except if I am a hockey player or > athlete then I can get looked at right away. Go figger. Where else in > the world can you spend money to kill yourself but not allowed to spend > money to get healthy.>>

13) Oh did I mention that immigrants are covered automatically at tax > payer expense having never contributed a dollar to the system and pay no > premiums.>>

14) Oh yeh we now give free needles to drug users to try and keep them > healthy. Wouldn't want a sickly druggie breaking into your house and > stealing your things. But people with diabetes who pay into the health > care system have to pay for their needles because it is not covered but > the health care system.>>

I send this out not looking for sympathy but as the election looms in the > states you will be hearing more and more about universal health care down > there and the advocates will be pointing to Canada.

I just want to make > sure that you hear the truth about health care up here and have some food > for thought and informed questions to ask when broached with this subject.>> Step wisely and don't make the same mistakes we have.


J said...

Everyone who reads this should copy it and send it to their Congressional Representatives and to The President at Spread the word! In order for the e-mail to the White House to be considered SERIOUS and VALID, the sender's name and address must accompany the letter. WE MUST BAND TOGETHER, OR WE WILL LOSE OUR COUNTRY COMPLETELY!!


Laura said...

It is amazing what those outside of the health care industry don't understand about health care in general. Americans already are too frequently operated on and over treated with drugs because they think they have to have it and too many private medical providers comply. Many of us would benefit by being on a wait list and waiting for our bodies to heal themselves. Some of the heart procedures or other medical care does not extend lives. As a health care provider, I would not want to work again in private practice as it is too hard to provide good care for what people demand. My sister has lived in Australia for 25 years and wouldn't change what they have there for our system again. She can buy private insurance to add to her govt provided plan. But at least all children and pregnant women there have access to care - something America is poorly lacking in - they don't have to worry about how they will pay for pregnancy complications, etc.