Thursday, February 23, 2006

Socialized health care in action

When they said "Fix For A Generation," which generation did they have in mind? From the London Free Press:

Two Canadian babies born in Buffalo because of a hospital backlog are "the tip of the iceberg," for expectant moms in Ontario, warns the head of nurseries at London's hospitals.

Much greater than the number of mothers forced out of province is the number of Southwestern Ontario residents forced out of the region when the London neonatal intensive care unit is full, said Dr. Henry Roukema, director of nurseries at St. Joseph's Health Care London and London Health Sciences Centre.

About 30 to 50 per cent of the time, the neonatal intensive care unit at St. Joseph's is forced to close its doors to expectant mothers in the region.

8 comments:

Robert McClelland said...

Capitalist medicine: 50% of all bankruptcies in the United States result from medical bills. Capitalist medicine destroys lives.

Mike said...

It's not like anybody is going to lose their job over this situation. In fact it sounds like more administrative staff are needed to cope with the extra complications. And a help line. Definitely a help line. $$$$

MapMaster said...

If by capitalist medicine you mean highly regulated corporate-protectionist medicine, pretty much the opposite of free market capitalist medicine, your statistic might be relevant.

http://www.iedm.org/uploaded/pdf/juin05_en.pdf

Pietr said...

Wonderful alternative.
Make everybody bankrupt from the outset.
It's AKA 'socialism'.

Honey Pot said...

You know...it ain't always necessary for a doctor to present for the birth of the baby. Their job most of the time is to catch them before they fall on the floor. You don't need all that much expertise to do that. They should allow for more midwives to set up baby birthing clinics.

MapMaster said...

Robert Locke in 2002. He is being generous by using the future tense:

We are gradually getting the corporatist equivalent of socialized medicine in this country anyway. Corporatized medicine will mean nominally private health plans for the employed that are so heavily regulated in what they can charge and what they must provide that they might as well be run by government. It will mean requirements for all businesses to give their employees health coverage (something big business will love because it will destroy a lot of their small-business competitors.) It will mean regulation of drug prices, which will eventually make drug companies wards of the state. Lastly, Medicare and Medicaid will expand, with the help of state plans, to cover whomever is left, with a tacit subsidy to emergency rooms to cover the last dregs.

Anonymous said...

Die on a waiting list or go through the hell of personal bankruptcy ... tough choice. Thank God that Robert and all his little socialist friends are here to save us from having to make such a terrible decision.

gm said...

At least I won't lose my house while I die on a waiting list.