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  Posted 11 February 2019 - 01:58 PM

Single Payer Means Long Waits For Care

Washington Examiner
by Roger Stark
February 11, 2019 10:52 AM


As the debate over healthcare reform rages, more Americans are thinking we should adopt a single-payer healthcare system. Virtually all Democratic national and state elected officials, and Democratic candidates for the 2020 election, are either advocating for a complete government-run plan or an incremental movement toward a government-managed, single-payer system.

We don't have to guess whether it would work well. The Canadian federal government passed the Canadian Health Care Act in 1984. It is a pure single-payer system. Every Canadian is covered by the plan and, in theory, has access to medical care. The provinces administer the plan with funding from federal taxpayers. The government determines what procedures are medically necessary based on data and statistics.

The Fraser Institute, a well-respected think tank in Vancouver, British Columbia, has tracked waiting times for patients to receive healthcare in Canada for the past 20 years. It surveys specialist physicians across 12 specialties throughout Canada. The institute recently released the waiting list data for 2018. Americans interested in single-payer healthcare will find it sobering.

The median time for specialty treatment after a patient was referred by a primary care doctor in 2018 was 20 weeks. Saskatchewan had the lowest wait at 15 weeks; the high was New Brunswick at 45 weeks, which is nearly a year.

On average, patients waited nine weeks to see a specialist, then waited an additional 11 weeks to receive treatment. Only 12 percent of delays in treatment were at the patientís request.

There were also delays in diagnostic procedures. In 2018, Canadians waited four weeks to receive a CT scan or an ultrasound, and 10 weeks to receive an MRI.

There's a reason behind these numbers: In Canada, the supply of healthcare is overwhelmed by the demand, leading to severe shortages. Consequently, medical care is rationed using long waiting lists and by limiting the number of certain medical procedures allowed. Unfortunately, costs and waiting times have not improved since 1984.

Long wait-times are more than an inconvenience for Canadians. Simple medical problems, if not treated early and quickly, can turn into chronic or life-threatening conditions. At the very least, waiting times prolong pain and suffering for patients. In Canada, healthcare costs have skyrocketed and now represent the largest expense for every provinceís budget.


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Posted 11 February 2019 - 04:05 PM

Single payer means single option. Currently if you don't like the doctor you can go to another one. Not so much with Single Payer. There are no second opinions. You get one opinion and that is the states opinion. IF they opine you are dead then roll over sista you are a smoking corpse just waiting for the dirt to be covering you.

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