Michele Bachmann, once again displaying her deep caring for the American people and her intricate understanding of the nuances of health care, voiced her last-minute opposition to Obamacare by stating the President is eager to “Get Americans addicted to the crack cocaine of dependency on government health care.” However inelegant her phrasing, I suspect she speaks in concept for a fair number of Obamacare opponents.
This is what Canadian “crack” addicts smoke…
- No co-payments.
- No skipping mammograms or Pap smears because there is no extra $80.
- No exclusions for physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy.
Now every “drug” has a downside. It’s true that you might wait several months for an elective hip replacement if you
smoke Canadian crack are a Canadian getting health care in Canada and in some centers there are access issues for highly specialized services. For example, some people have to travel for radiation therapy although it’s still covered. The cost of prescriptions can also add up without a supplemental prescription drug plan through work. If you insist on a CT scan that isn’t needed you probably won’t get it, but if your doctor does cave and orders it you might have to wait 2 months for the unnecessary CT scan. However, if you need a CT scan you will be triaged according to medical urgency and when you get the scan will not be affected by much except your medical need. Elective care is just that, elective. There is a lot less instant gratification for the worried well, but that typically works out for the best because the more tests you run on the worried well, the more tests they want.
You know what the big healthcare debate is in Canada right now? (Well, one of them, because I’m sure there are a few). How to get EVERY Canadian screened and treated for hepatitis C because it is curable. It’s a tough slog with the current drugs and can take up a year or longer (it’s that bad many people liken it to chemo), however, by the end of 2014 new drugs will be available that will shorten the duration of treatment to 12 weeks. Yes, curing hepatitis C in 12 weeks. Anticipating the new medications and coming up with a strategy for eliminating a disease for all Canadians. That’s the “crack cocaine” of government health care in Canada.
Over to you, Michele Bachmann.