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Ready, shoot, aim

July 15, 2010 - Blaine Hyska

Proponents claim that the health care overall will improve our system.

We are all forced to buy it, and we’ll all love it, they said.

Canada’s system is great, they said.

News flash: Canada’s system is not that great.

According to a study by Centre for Spatial Economics, delays in medical procedures are costing billions annually.

The study, conducted for the Canadian Medical Association, said that total joint replacement surgery costs the economy an estimated $26,400 per patient; MRIs cost $20,000; coronary artery bypass graft surgery is approximately $19,400 per patient; and cataract surgery costs an estimated $2,900.

These costs amount to $14.8 billion annually, the study said. These are not procedure costs. These are costs to the economy because of treatment delays.

The costs estimates are based on patient costs, such as reduced ability to work, lower incomes because the patient is waiting for treatment; caregiver costs because family members give up their jobs to care for loved ones; and the costs of taking drugs that would not have been prescribed had the patient received timely access to health care.

That’s not the half of if. The Canadian Medical Association believes that these costs will only increase in the future.

Boy, that’s just what I want — to be seriously ill and forced to wait for treatment. You have to love socialized medicine.

Don’t you think it would have been smarter to improve the system a little at a time rather than changing everything all at once?

Ready, shoot, aim.


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