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Friday, January 30, 2009

The Hook mischaracterizes the Charter-based health care challenge

Crawford Killian over on The Hook (the blog of The Tyee newspaper), appears to be unhappy about the latest Charter-based challenge to British Columbia's health care system. In writing about the challenge, Killian starts with this: "A new attack on public healthcare was launched yesterday in the Supreme Court of BC."

Killian then mentions a whole host of absolutely trivial and irrelevant things that have nothing to do with the actual legal challenge:

CIMCA’s own website seems to have been in a coma before this latest news release. The site’s previous releases include none in 2008, one in 2007, and five in 2006.[...]

The Cambie Surgery Centre, a “proud member of CIMCA,” isn’t up to speed on the case it’s now involved in. Its news section hasn’t seen an update since August 2004. But the head of the Centre, Dr. Brian Day, is well known to Tyee readers.

As for the text on its home page, The Hook would like to refer the Centre to a good punctuation expert at the Editors’ Association of Canada.

They need to fix their grammar? Golly! They haven't updated their website? Oh dear.

Honestly, who cares? What about the substance of the complaint and the real issue at hand?

Killian provides only a description of the challenge as an "attack on public health care." But it isn't an attack on public health care, it's an attack on the prohibition on the kind of medical insurance that would permit regular B.C.ans to take advantage of places like the Cambie Surgery Centre, or other independent clinics in British Columbia. It is an effort to permit regular B.C.ans to do what the RCMP, federal prisoners, and people on worker's compensation can do right now -- access private clinics.

It is also an effort to ensure that Canada's health care system is in keeping with the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, which it isn't. And not just in Quebec, Canada's entire health care system is unconstitutional, according to a document that Killian probably approves of (I'm guessing, correct me if I'm wrong).

Like I wrote in the comments to Killian's posting, we don't say that permitting independent schools is an "attack on public education." It is therefore incorrect and misleading to characterize this Charter challenge, and others like it, as an "attack on public healthcare."

(I should say this, too: I really enjoy The Hook. It's a great blog, even if the political viewpoints aren't exactly ones I agree with).

Posted by P.M. Jaworski on January 30, 2009 in Health care reform | Permalink


Traditional methods of managing doctors, nurses, hospitals to reduce the health care costs, and to improve their effectiveness have clearly not worked even for two main reasons :
- One is that no one still likes to be supervised, and supervision is still costly as well.
- Secondly the Health care management system tends to deal mainly still only with bad health after effects..

Yes on top of all that the health care managers have tried to replace the essential Doctors with Nurses, and even pharmacies to help or try to reduce costs,. but both of these methods have still been clearly inadequate as well. Why?

There is a third approach recommended. This freely given information is now even worth thousand of dollars of Health consultancy fees too. Simply now do in your health care system periodically replace the health care workers with Dieticians. Many people still do die even after heart surgery, or due to diabetes cause they do not change their poor eating habits. Dieticians also tend to be available to patients when it is almost too late, after they got diabetes, or have a serious heart problem, cancer, etc., as well and not before! For an absolutely fact most of my doctors visits were reduced, replaced when I was also assigned a dietician as well for as a result my health also next significantly stabilized . Yet most health care managers do not use this approach wrongfully as well until it is mostly too late. A 30,000 dollar annual salary for a dietician is cheaper over paying a 300,000 dollars doctors salary on top of that.

I am always amazed that many young people, middle agers, but the professionals themselves even not just most of the seniors as well have not yet learned about eating properly as well... such as more people need to eat more vegetables daily too.. Sadly too many people try to save money by eating less , less healthy food, even especially seniors. I too have discovered that most sickness are caused by poor personal eating habits by persons of all ages.. and many seniors next face the very same sicknesses too, of heart problems, digestive tract problems, liver, kidney problems, lack of sleep, lack of exercise, and their still too often mostly bad eating habits are often compounded by a personal nervous condition, or a* vitamin deficiency as well, etc. Vitamin deficiency of potassium, iron, magnesium is common for many seniors too as a result.

I too unavoidable have found that counseling others has become part of my duties the last many decades.. and 75 percent of people do not need professional counseling.. just the basics.. http://stayinhealth.wordpress.com/

Posted by: thenonconfromer | 2009-01-30 11:16:09 AM

But independent schools are, in fact, an attack on public education. Public healthcare and public education need to operate as monopolies in order to keep their customers.

Posted by: Matthew Johnston | 2009-01-30 1:58:11 PM

Killian, Like most Socialist propogandists plays on peoples fears and stupidity....Hang On! Doesn't Parliament do that too?

Posted by: JC | 2009-01-30 8:07:19 PM

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