A new report says that cancer rates are going up and we're not going to be able to pay for it. I guess you'd better get yourself elected, join the army or become a hockey star in the latter stages of life, so you can get into the premium service queue at healthcare centre from which the rest of us are excluded.
"Cancer has an ever-expanding impact on the lives of Canadians and on the economic interests of the country," the report says. "Yet Canada is falling behind other developed countries in meeting this growing cancer burden."Hooray for socialized medicine!
(Doctor) Sutcliffe is a senior member of a coalition of experts pushing for a national strategy on cancer control. The coalition's report, prepared by experts ranging from provincial cancer agencies to researchers to the Canadian Cancer Society, projects costs over the next 30 years that are staggering. They include $176 billion in direct health-care costs for cancer patients; $540 billion in lost wage-based productivity as cancer patients temporarily or permanently leave their jobs; and $248 billion in lost tax revenues because those patients are off work.That's right, they're busy calculating how many tax dollars they're going to lose in the future because you're too near death to work!
The coalition is calling for a $260-million, five-year plan that would provide more consistent care nationwide in areas such as screening programs to catch the disease in its early stages; clinical practice guidelines on the most up-to-date treatment; the types of drugs that should be publicly insured; standards on how chemotherapy is practised, prescribed and administered; and guidelines for palliative care.While doctors might be thinking about ways of treating the disease politicians, who have the final say in medical in Canada and, unlike doctors, aren't motivated by greed, have come up with a five-year plan propaganda campaign instead of a treatment strategy:
Ottawa, however, plans to treat cancer as part of an "integrated disease strategy" with a $300-million, five-year plan that attempts to persuade Canadians to lead healthier lives, reducing their risk of getting cancer, heart disease and diabetes.Note the use of the word "persuade". In other words, $300 million worth of public advertising. I sure hope Groupaction Inc. are willing to take on some of this important work.
I guess these advertising campaigns must affect someone - the Liberanos keep getting re-elected.
Saturday, October 22, 2005
Posted by basil on Saturday, October 22, 2005