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Friday, October 26, 2007

A Canadian's opinion on Federalized Medicine

It is estimated that 40 million people in the U.S. do not have healthcare insurance. Therefore some politicians have proposed we go to a nationalized healthcare system, where the government makes healthcare available for free to everyone.

I've done a ton of research on this, and have decided this type of system sounds great on the surface, until you consider somebody has to pay for it. Well, we all know that will be you and me via more taxes. So, in essence, it will not be free (more on this tomorrow).

“But the fact that taxes will go up is the least of your worries,” wrote a friend of mine who lives in Canada.

She explained it this way to me: Lets say such a program passes through the legislature and is signed into law by the president. Within a week, since healthcare is now free, people start to rush into hospitals to get that knee replacement they couldn’t afford a week ago. Or, maybe it’s to finally see a doctor about that ailing back, bum shoulder or mole on your ear that you’ve been living with fine the past 10 years.

These surgeons will become inundated with new patients, and will be reaping in the profits. Right out of high school young kids will be filing in droves to attend medical school so they can participate in this profitable business. New surgical doctor’s offices will spring up all over the United States, and they will all be filled with new patients -- it’s all free, the government pays.

Dishonest and honest surgeons are having a field day while they are all making tons more money than they ever would have dreamed of making under the old system, but the government starts to get all stressed out. “How are we going to pay for this? We are running out of money.”

New government offices spring up filled with bureaucrats and red tape, and they start to require permits as to who is going to be allowed to perform surgery in an attempt to cut down on the number of surgeons, and as to what types of equipment surgeons will be allowed to buy.

Then there will be new laws limiting the types of surgeries surgeons will be allowed to perform, and potential patients will have to file for permits to get operated on. Officials will be asking, “Is this mole really bothering you? You’ve been getting along fine with that heart your whole life, why do we need to replace it now?”

There is so much red tape now that long lines develop. People that just want to be routinely checked will have to wait in line with the person with a clogged artery in his heart. Of course, this heart patient won’t be able to escape his country to go see an American doctor, because that’s the medical system that is now broken.

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