Thursday, October 23, 2003

Followup On Nightline Show tonite

Interesting show, mostly highlighting the differences between the Canadian system and ours. Of note - 96% of Canadians said they'd keep theirs over ours. And why not? Every person is covered. Here in America, if you have a serious problem and have the money or insurance to get the very best treatment, there is no better place to be. But where does that leave 43 million Americans? In the doghouse. They did point out problems in the Canadian system, such as underfunding of some administrative areas, leading to underreporting of medical errors which can cost lives. But they did say that the Canadians were willing to admit to their problems and try to correct them. There are waits in the Canadian system, but I didn't get the impression that they would put someone's life in danger. I'm not sure 30 minutes can do justice to such a serious problem and I'm sure there's much more to it on both sides of the fence, than was presented here. However, it is obvious we have a long ways to go.

What's it gonna take here? Well a whole new look at how to finance our system and a whole different culture adjustment to care about those 43 million who can't afford it (I'll be joining their ranks soon, I believe!). Is America up to it? I don't think Washington is, but pretty soon there is gonna be a revolt if something isn't done and I know a person in Arkansas who might just lead it. :)

What's your candidate's view on healthcare? Do you know where your Senators and Congressmen stand on this issue? Maybe you should remind them that you know where YOU stand on this issue

P.S. For a look at the differences in drug costs between Canada and America and the reasons why , check out this link.

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