Aliens in This World

An ordinary Catholic and a science fiction and fantasy fan.

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Waiting to Die



I think this post says it all about the joys of nationalized healthcare in Canada. Go look at the chart of typical waits for normal procedures and be appalled. And then there's this:



In Canada, MRI's are rarely available and are underutilized.

There are a litany of horror stories of patients left in hospital hallways for days on end, or worse.

In NY State, prisoners (poorly treated by US medical standards) released on parole have to wait 45 days to get on a healthcare program. In other words, if that parolee needed heart surgery (and didn't get it in prison), he would get it faster than if he were a law abiding, Canadian citizen.

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