Sunday, March 21, 2010

Blogging Tory stretches suspension of disbelief and logic on Healthcare.

Here's Climbing Out Of The Dark Into The Conservative Light "Hunter"'s ominous opening line...

"You are in for a world of pain if this health care bill passes. My family knows this from experience."

Yes,"Hunter" thinks that her personal experience with Canadian healthcare is somehow applicable to a bill that... doesn't establish a Canadian healthcare system.

But here's where things get even more interesting: Even if one were to cast aside the apples/oranges equivocation of the Canadian single-payer system and the proposed addition of a federally run insurance option to compete with private insurance providers, the details of Hunter's story delve into the depths of Shone Holmes-like incredulity.

Hunter claims that her family doctor resigned 16 years ago and that that he "was not replaced". The problem is, the Canadian Healthcare system doesn't assign family doctors. That's the responsibility and choice of each individual.

Having moved several times in my life throughout multiple healthcare regions, I'm well aware of what's involved in securing a new family doctor, and I also understand that expecting the government to "replace" your family doctor not only reflects an ignorance of how our healthcare system works, but is also and abdication of one's personal responsibility. Each time I've needed a new family doctor, I've been well aware that the onus has lay with me to secure one. That's always involved little more than contacting the local health region, looking at their publicly available list of practitioners who are taking on new clients, and choosing one. In fact, each health region that I've had to do this in has been incredibly helpful in this search, something that wouldn't exist in a private-only system, and certainly wouldn't exist in a system where insurance companies restricted your doctor choices even further. Hunter's picture of having lost her family doctor and not having the option of finding another for 16 years strains credulity. The absence of a family doctor also doesn't create the issues that Hunter histrionically gasps about, as I know plenty of people who make use of clinics on a walk-in or phone-in basis whose choices of doctors are accommodated. As was the case with Holmes, the situation that Hunter describes bears little resemblance to the reality that I (and I'm willing to bet a majority of Canadians) have experienced. It also bears little congruency to the system as it exists on paper, unless someone can point me to the law that makes it the government's responsibility to secure an individual a family doctor in the event of a retirement or move.

The issues that Hunter raises are not problems intrinsic to the Canadian healthcare system, they're problems with her misunderstanding of it and failure to take responsibility for her and her family's well-being. Like Shona Holmes, not only does the tale that she's telling seem incredibly unbelievable, it also reflects a gross misunderstanding of what her own role is.

To try to suggest that this proves anything at all about the federal insurance option that is being discussed in the U.S. is just icing on one big cake of unbelievable nonsense.


CK said...

Hey again, girlfriend, I was just over at the deranged Huter's place, pointing out her hypocrisy.

I told her basically to google and/or look in yellow pages for private for profit health care facilities. Then I dared her to cut up her Gov't health care card on Youtube for all to see and hear.

Even goaded her by saying I didn't think she was game.

Will my comment get published? I ain't holdin' my breath.

Audrey II said...

Well, it looks like your comment has been published (at least for now). My guess is she's going to cry about how the gubmit prevents her from getting treatment from private, for profit health care facilities.

The irony is that in the U.S., no one is going to "replace" Hunter's family doctor. She'd not only still have to do it herself, she'd have to do it without the assistance of health regions directing her to doctors that are taking new clients and she'd have to pay out of pocket for whatever services were rendered or insurance provided.

If she thinks she has it bad now, being able to walk into any clinic she chooses, ask for any doctor she wants, and have the treatment she eventually receives covered by the insurance that we all contribute to, let her spend a few years in the U.S. waiting for someone to "replace" her family doctor and insured treatment. Perhaps a "treatment not covered" or "Rejected: pre-existing condition" or "doctor not approved" note from Aetna (to say nothing for a hospital bill) might give her a moment's pause before writing something as insipid and inaccurate as she has.

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