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Right on Bill !
Why could we not market services from medical resources that are not fully booked. Perhaps outside the province & country.
Cold hard cash from outside N.S. would be OK. All work conditional to weak demand at home.
Peter McCurdy | November 2, 2012 | Reply
Any government that prevents private citizens from using their own resources to improve their health has lost my support.How do government bureaucrats take into account the extra pain and frustration of those who have to wait unnecessarily for needed surgeries?
Steve Chipman | October 30, 2012 | Reply
We need to revisit it’s original ideological assumption in 1967 – that “health-care” was a certain ‘thing’ and that beyond that usage, it needed to be the individual responsibility of the citizen – before it’s too late.
For instance, in the case of SICKNESS, the visit to the doctor and its hospitalization is one ‘thing’. However, those medical services that have occurred through technological advancements, have irresponsibly overrun the system’s ability to pay.
Redefine what the ‘original’ basket was supposed to cover (“creative?” . Let the benefactor (or his insurance) pay the difference. (We are as surrounded (with impossible costs) as Davie Crockett at the Alamo.)
If such were to be brought about, would that be “creative” in it’s savings of tax (45% of the budget!) ?
gordon a.... | October 30, 2012 | Reply
The biggest problem with Health Care in Nova Scotia is that you have Health Authorities acting like they are corporations when indeed they would utterly fail as private concerns. In my part of Nova Scotia the Health Authority has a branding effort that involves tens of thousands of dollars while there is indeed no competition in Health Care. The stories of health authorities with luxury board rooms abound. Information Technology in Health care is a place that many health systems are finding multiple millions in savings . Nova Scotia the resistance to doing what the UK health system is doing is huge. Virtual Desktop computing is savings health care systems millions annually but not in Nova Scotia. Management acts like the CEOs of Private companies while they hardly make an effort at common sense cost controls. Outsourcing was opened with the NDP government with laundry services but it should go much further.
paul | October 30, 2012 | Reply
We will never solve this increasing problem until we have a government that will explain and then adopt the concept of co=pay proportionate to one’s ability to pay.This concept may be refined by adding the concept of blame or “contributory negligence” in determing the percent of co-pay.That is to say,if I insist on smoking then I will have been deemed to have contributed to my heart or lung problem and will pay more than a non smoker.Likewise with obesity and diabetes–still never forgetting the principle of ability to pay.
Also the government should investigate the concept of partial payment of costs for those willing to travel outside the country for certain procedures ie.orthopedic surgery at the chain of Apollo hospitals primarily in India.Google it before you scoff–it is a mighty operation with physicians certified in Britain or the US and a total staff in excess of 22000 people.
In any event we need to revisit the existing model and acknowledge that medical treatment is not a job creation function but an increasingly expensive necessity.
Bill | October 29, 2012 | Reply
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