Canadian Doctors have to Shut Up or the State won’t let them be Doctors Anymore

Posted by PITHOCRATES - December 8th, 2012

Week in Review

Proponents of Obamacare wanted more than what they got in Obamacare.  They wanted a single-payer system like in Canada.  Where they know how to do national health care right.  Where everyone gets whatever they need.  And patients, doctors and nurses live happily ever after.  Just like in a fairy tale.  And they do.  In the minds of those in the United States.  But that’s not quite how it is in Canada (see Doctors urged not to sign ‘muzzle’ contracts posted 12/5/2012 on CBC News).

The New Brunswick Medical Society is urging doctors not to sign any contracts with the province’s regional health authorities because they contain a gag order…

The medical society spoke out on the issue in June, accusing the regional health authorities of trying to muzzle doctors in an effort to avoid public criticism and embarassment…

Existing physicians will begin to reapply for their privileges in the January. If doctors protest the new bylaws by not signing, the medical society says they could start losing hospital privileges and possibly even their billing numbers, as soon as the spring…

Critics have suggested the bylaws are a push-back following some public challenges.

Doctors in Saint John have recently spoken out against the decision to allow Canadian Blood Services to remove some of its services from New Brunswick.

They were also vocal about a lack of access to operating rooms. And, the doctors loudly opposed the government’s initial position to deny Saint John a high-resonance imaging machine called a 3T MRI.

You see, national health care is not the utopia those who want it think it is.  Health care is expensive.  But when it’s free at the time of treatment people like to use as much of it as they can.  Which causes a problem.  Especially when you have an aging population.  Which most advanced economies have.  Including Canada.  The Canadians are having the same problem the British have.  And the same problem the Americans will have under Obamacare.  They have more people consuming health care resources than they have paying for them.  Which calls for budget cuts.  Longer wait times.  And rationing of services.  As well as indifferent attitudes to the falling quality as the doctors and nurses are overworked, underpaid and increasingly left with less of a say in how things should be.

Now the state doesn’t like anyone telling them that they are doing a bad job.  First of all their job isn’t easy.  Doing more with less.  Second, those in power feel a bit elitist.  And their egos don’t take kindly to criticism.  So when they’re in a position to do something about it they do.  Which is the great tragedy of national health care.  When the state pays the bills the state can pretty much do whatever they please.  For where else are those doctors going to work?  Crossing the border into the United States isn’t much of an option anymore.  For Obamacare will even push doctors around more.  If you don’t believe that just ask a US doctor about his Medicare reimbursements.

So this is our future under Obamacare.  Which will be sort of like Medicare.  Only with longer wait times and rationing.  And unhappy doctors.  Who will, too, probably sign gag orders.  Because once the government takes over health care, where else are they going to work?

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