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Debra

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« on: June 12, 2006, 08:47:46 AM »
Has health care changed in your area from universal to user fees?

I'm thinking particularly of Alberta, BC, Britain and other areas that have already had to deal with Local Health Integration Networks, also known as Regional Health Authorities.

What has your experience been?

Are things better, worse, more or less care for rural or city areas?

More privitization, higher health costs in budgets....
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« Reply #1 on: June 12, 2006, 09:07:27 AM »
In Ontario, I know someone who wanted/needed a bum-o-scope (correct term?). He could wait a couple of months or he could make an appointment at the same doctor's clinic in a week. Catch: he had to pay $50 'parking' fee at the clinic. He took the TTC. Nod, nod, wink, wink.

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« Reply #2 on: June 12, 2006, 09:11:40 AM »
colonoscopy?

The doctor was actually that upfront about fees. Well of course he was what am I thinking parking fees...they'll never catch on.  :roll:

The LHIN legislation as written is encouraging the sourcing out of this type of procedure to clinics public but more likely private.

Once these procedures are taken out of the hospital they are no longer covered by the Health Act and charging any amount of user fee in legal.
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« Reply #3 on: June 12, 2006, 09:41:52 AM »
I am personally praying that the technology progresses beyond colonoscopies, and soon.   :shock:

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« Reply #4 on: June 12, 2006, 09:54:37 AM »
http://www.virtualcolonoscopy.net/whatsvirtual.htm

Done with CT scan, but you still have to have a thin tube up the rectum, and then air is blown in. Still, no anesthesia required at least.
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« Reply #5 on: June 12, 2006, 10:29:05 AM »
Hmm. If one pays a 'parking fee' that is not a parking fee but a health cost, I suppose one can't claim it on income tax. That would piss me off. I'd ask the sneaky bastard MD for a tax receipt.

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« Reply #6 on: June 12, 2006, 12:10:12 PM »
When Klein's so-called "Third Way" went down, everyone blamed it on the feds. Actually, it seems more likely that no one needs it after so many improvements were made without privatization. Anecdotally, my mom will be replacing her hip next fall and wants some sort of new procedure that allows her to continue racing. (She competes in Master's swimming and triathlon.) She was certain she'd have to go to Montreal and pay for it privately, but it turns out she can do it quite quickly in Alberta 100% public health care. Without a crisis manufactured from deliberate neglect (as during the 90s when Klien was still cutting like crazy), there's no impetus to experiment with privatization. As they say, if it ain't broke.... 8)

 

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