Doctor Fed, I Presume ...

No need to obtain a second medical opinion ... the Federal government will give it. In the just passed budget bill: "comparative effectiveness research" (CER).

Well CER = if you are old and sick and don’t have many years left your treatement is “Go home and die.” Close to reality. But the bill goes further. One new bureaucracy, the National Coordinator of Health Information Technology, will monitor treatments to make sure your doctor is doing what the federal government deems appropriate and cost effective. The goal is to reduce costs and 'guide' your doctor's decisions."

 

 

Waiting Lists For Surgery In Canada


British Columbia:

 

http://www.health.gov.bc.ca/waitlist/

Here's one for Cardiac surgery:

 

http://www.health.gov.bc.ca/waitlist/cardiac.html

Here's Ontario:

http://www.health.gov.on.ca/transformation/wait_times/wait_mn.html

Click in here, and click on "Wait Times In your Area". Then click on "Find By Map Location", and pick out an area at random. See how much time one has to wait for cancer surgery

http://www.health.gov.on.ca/transformation/wait_times/public/wt_public_mn.html

Here's a site that gives you the average wait times for whatever ails you in Alberta:

http://www.ahw.gov.ab.ca/waitlist/AccessGoalCharts.jsp

Here is one example

 

And just plain old urgency 1:

 

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Democrats Ready to Spend Billions, Yet Ration Healthcare (Rep. Michele Bachmann)

http://blog.thehill.com/2009/02/12/democrats-ready-to-spend-billions-yet-ration-healthcare-rep-michele-bachmann/

February 12th, 2009

Believe it or not, Congressional Democrats proposed a radical revision of healthcare policy as part of their economic “stimulus” bill.  “Comparative effectiveness,” as it is called, not only lays the groundwork for a full-fledged government take-over of Americans’ healthcare system, but seriously limits the choices for patients and doctors in pursuing treatment.

What it does is put in place a National Coordinator of Health Information Technology that will “monitor treatments to make sure your doctor is doing what the federal government deems appropriate and cost effective.” Your medical treatments will be tracked electronically by the government to decide whether you’re “too sick” to receive healthcare treatment. They will decide for you what scope of treatments should be made available to deal with your current ailment.

If this wasn’t bad enough, the Democrats would like to sneak this past the American people by tucking it into this massively bloated multi-hundred-billion dollar spending package that they are framing as a measure to create jobs and help our struggling economy.

Like you, I have no idea how this healthcare proposal even begins to create jobs or help Americans financially.  But, it’s a far-too-common practice in Washington to sneak things into bills marked “CRISIS:  MUST PASS NOW” rather than go through public debate and open consideration.

The Democrat-majority is attempting to take advantage of our struggling economic situation to put in place liberal policies that have nothing to do with economic recovery. Don’t be fooled.

Betsy McCaughey, a former lieutenant governor of New York and an adjunct senior fellow at the Hudson Institute wrote a great piece that sums up the dangers of these healthcare provisions.  Read it http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601039&refer=columnist_mccaughey&sid=aLzfDxfbwhzs.

 

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Josie06 Josie06
56-60, F
1 Response Mar 6, 2009

I can hear it now... Dr fed, I'm 80 years old and I need this expensive treatment. Dr fed says... Ummmm NO!.