Monday, December 19, 2005

Adopt a surgeon and enforce government approved discrimination

It is estimated that 50,000 Londoners are without a family doctor. The two emergency wards expected to service a city of approximately 350,000 are filled to capacity and wait times for many critical medical procedures are longer than a year, and that after you finally get in to see the overworked specialist.

Today's rather unsurprising Breaking News from the London Free Press, intended to encourage you to come back tomorrow to see the sorid statistics, confirms that things are getting worse, not better:

Londoners are waiting weeks longer for hip and knee replacements and cataract surgery, compared with patients scheduled for the same operations last July.

Wait times locally have climbed in recent months for several key operations, according to the latest statistics released by the Ontario government.
Despair no longer Comrades of London Ontario! Britian has the answer to our troubles. From the Red Star:
London—Britain's cherished universal health-care system has started denying treatment to fat people.

The first official move to refuse surgery happened last month when a local health authority in Ipswich, northeast of London, announced that obese people would not be given hip and knee replacements.

The move, which has been met with both praise and condemnation, comes amid a story all too familiar to Canadians — hospitals facing cash shortages at a time when the population is both growing and aging.

Dr. Brian Keeble, head of public health for Ipswich, acknowledged that while the added risks of hip and knee surgery on obese patients were a factor in the move, so was the reality of limited resources.

"We cannot pretend that this work wasn't stimulated by pressing financial problems," Keeble said in a statement of the list of services being reduced to save money, with joint replacements being the most controversial.

Keeble added that given the increased failure rate of the procedures on overweight people, the limited amount of money available is better spent on slimmer patients.

[..] . . . Tony Harrison, of the independent London think tank the King's Fund, said the move amounts to a good dose of common sense given the reality of limited resources.

"Rationing is a reality when funding is limited," Harrison said, adding responsible health-service providers have an obligation to taxpayers to get the most benefit out of the money they're given.
Ontario should adopt a five year plan, spearheaded by George Smitherman, to deal with the failing health care system. First, it is obvious treatment should be denied to fat people until they lose wait and start eating according to the four food groups. The smokers and the drug users are also a burden on taxpayers and so will no longer receive treatment for drug related health problems. The third phrase, spanning the last three years of the plan, is to reduce, with the eventual goal of completely eliminating public care for old people - afterall, they are close to death so why waste the resources?

Although the members of these targeted groups pay vast sums, against their will, into the public pot and although they are unable to seek private health care in Canada, the essential point to be remembered is that there is a limited amount of funds and so the government must deny these people not only their money but also the services that this money is collected to pay for. It is not in the public interest for people to budget their own funds and activities. They'd only smoke cigarettes, drink beer and eat popcorn.

4 comments:

Daniel said...

Pure genius! (The stupidity of the thing and your write-up...)

I'm not sure why they're surprised that when they run the country's whole medical system like a local homeless shelter, it ends up -- well, working like one.

Well, it's pretty clear where this whole thing is headed. Live by the state, die by the state. At least there'll be more humorous posts at the London Fog as the healthcare system collapses into a smoking heap of rubble.

Vote Liberal!

;)

Daniel said...

Heh... here's a solution:

http://health.telegraph.co.uk/health/main.jhtml?xml=/health/2005/12/20/nscan18.xml

But, then, I suppose that would be a step up for Canadian patients. After all, you can buy good treatment for your animal but not for yourself.

Daniel said...

Here it is as a link.

Lisa said...

Thanks for the link Daniel.

In Canada, citizens can buy pet health insurance, but not people health insurance. I guess animals have more rights than humans in Canada.