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The “crack cocaine” of Canadian universal health care

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 hospital bills.

– 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.


9 thoughts on “The “crack cocaine” of Canadian universal health care

  1. But, But, Freedom!

    Posted by rekster | October 1, 2013, 7:57 am
  2. I love my Canadian healthcare *crack*, despite being a rural/remote user of healthcare and dealing with those issues wrt accessing healthcare, and I never want to be without it.

    I’ve also used the French and Dutch *crack*, and I dare say these peoples wouldn’t go without, either.

    Posted by Joy | October 1, 2013, 8:40 am
  3. Well written! You make the point succinctly when talking about the crack problem.

    Posted by Jamie Bourgeois | October 1, 2013, 10:27 am
  4. We would have some of that Health care *crack* except when Jesus brought the Constitution down from the mountain to give to Thomas Jefferson, he neglected to include universal health care!

    Posted by rekster | October 1, 2013, 12:27 pm
  5. I wish we could have some of that crack.

    It kills me that we try and pretend we are a civilized country yet we deny affordable health care to our citizens. And when we finally get something that is kind of ok in place people have to throw temper tantrums about it. ZOMG people that previously could not afford health insurance will now be able to do so, how horrible and awful! *roll eyes* What really pisses me off is that because of this temper tantrum people that could ill afford to are having to do with out pay while the people having said temper tantrum get payed no matter what.

    Posted by Awesomemom | October 1, 2013, 5:33 pm
  6. I like the realism of your article – we have a good system, but you’re also acknowledging that it’s not perfect. I am proud of our healthcare system and am thankful, as someone with a chronic illness, but I also wish we were more engaged in the fact that it’s not sustainable in its current form without changes. I wish people weren’t afraid to talk about potential changes to it – and that’s changes that will make it better, more efficient, and potentially more sustainable. But it’s like we’re too emotionally attached to the idea of universal healthcare to even go there….

    Posted by dpr | October 2, 2013, 11:18 am
  7. Danish crack is also pretty good. You get your number from the Central Person Registry, a jackbooted federal repository of information repugnant to every red blooded American, chose the doctor you want and be on your way. Fall off your bike and break your arm? See the doc and get it fixed, no waiting and no copay. Have a cough? See the doc that morning. Need a hip replacement and liver transplant? That will take a few weeks, but not many in the context of long term degenerative illnesses.

    Sure the income tax rates are high by American standards, but the payoff is well worth the sticker shock.

    Posted by Robert L. Bell | October 6, 2013, 3:19 pm


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