Rudy Giuliani once quipped,¬† ‚Ä?If we ever got Hillarycare in this country, Canadians will have nowhere to go for health care.‚Ä? He was, of course, labeled¬†a knuckle-dragger by the “news” media. Well, according to the Detroit Free Press he was on to something:
Agreements between Detroit hospitals and the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care for heart, imaging tests, bariatric and other services provide access to some services not immediately available in the province, said ministry spokesman David Jensen.
That’s right. The single-payer system¬†constantly lauded¬†by¬†advocates of government-run health care can’t provide¬†important¬†medical services to its patients. So,¬†how does it solve the¬†problem?¬†It¬†makes a deal¬†with the much-maligned U.S. system¬†to do the job.
Canada’s U.S. backup care ‘speaks volumes to why we don’t need government to take over health care,’ Scott Hagerstrom, the state director in Michigan for Americans for Prosperity, said of the Canadian arrangements with Michigan hospitals. ‘Their system doesn’t work if they have to send us their patients.’
Now, of course, it’s not Hillarycare that we need to worry about. Instead, it’s Obamacare. And, as Ed Morrissey points out, the President promoting this brand of “reform” can’t be trusted. Here’s what he said in 2006 about Bush’s prescription drug benefit for Medicare:
[Bush]¬†allowed drug companies and insurance companies to help write the prescription drug bill. We now have the worst of both worlds. We have the price gouging of the private sector and the bureaucracy of the public sector.
This is the same guy who nows brags about his new “partners” in reform —– the drug and insurance companies. In other words, we are being asked¬†to emulate a health care system that does not work by a president¬†from whom no sane person would buy a used car.
Patrick Appel highlights the comments of a reader upset about his inability to get a cochlear implant because¬†of the evil insurance companies. I’ve got some bad news for this reader: dumping the insurance companies and going to a government-run model won’t solve his problem.¬†¬†
In Great Britain,¬†where evil insurance companies don’t enter into the picture, the hearing impaired routinely wait for¬†years¬†to get¬†help. And, when¬†the NHS¬†apparatchiks¬†finally produce the needful,¬†the technology is¬†usually hopelessly outdated:
Patients across the country are waiting more than two years for a hearing aid, and up to five years to have old-fashioned equipment replaced by modern technology.
God only¬†knows how long they would wait for something like a cochlear implant. Ironically, this same reader complians about being twice turned down for SSI “on the premise that I’m able to work.” This is precisely the kind of bureaucratic BS that I and many other want to keep out of U.S. health care.