Canada’s Governments Violate Their Own Health Laws All The Time!!!A National Awakening To Integrity Not Changing Lobbyists Is What’s Needed.  

Back in 1984 The Parliament  of Canada passed the Canada Health Act .

This would provide Federal Cash to all the Provinces and Territories to assist in providing health care to the  population, although health care comes under Provincial jurisdiction .

 The Act says its purpose involves among other wonderful things :

that continued access to quality health care without financial or other barriers will be critical to maintaining and improving the health and well-being of Canadians;’

And in Section 7 

In order that a province may qualify for a full cash contribution referred to in section 5 for a fiscal year, the health care insurance plan of the province must, throughout the fiscal year, satisfy the criteria described in sections 8 to 12 respecting the following matters:

  • (a) public administration;
  • (b) comprehensiveness;
  • (c) universality;
  • (d) portability; and
  • (e) accessibility.

Comprehensiveness

9 In order to satisfy the criterion respecting comprehensiveness, the health care insurance plan of a province must insure all insured health services provided by hospitals, medical practitioners or dentists, and where the law of the province so permits, similar or additional services rendered by other health care practitioners.

Accessibility

  • 12 (1) In order to satisfy the criterion respecting accessibility, the health care insurance plan of a province
    • (a) must provide for insured health services on uniform terms and conditions and on a basis that does not impede or preclude, either directly or indirectly whether by charges made to insured persons or otherwise, reasonable access to those services by insured persons;

In 2020 Statistics Canada released the following:

‘In 2019, 14.5% of Canadians aged 12 and older (roughly 4.6 million people) reported that they did not have a regular health care provider they see or talk to when they need care or advice for their health.’

So one can confidently conclude that in 2022 there are over 5 million Canadians without a family doctor.

Statistics Canada reveals that this is not a one off , one year phenomenon , this has been ongoing for years .

But this is Canada —we have a free, universal public health care system—a public monopoly —that takes care of everyone —that is why we pay such high taxes —comprenez -vous? 

And that the Federal Government will not provide the extra cash if you do not meet the above conditions.

That’s what they say, not what they do and the Provinces accept it. 

Law breaking in health care is a regular occurrence.  

The conditions and purpose set out in the Act are not being met ——‘that continued access to quality health care without financial or other barriers will be critical to maintaining and improving the health and well-being of Canadians;’

The Comprehensive condition, the accessibility condition——they are not being met . 

To further make the point Canada has one the worst record in the OECD for hospital wait times  —-is this reasonable  accessibility .

According the the independent health organization, The Commonwealth Fund,  Canada is second last in overall health care out of 11 industrialized countries.

The same organization says Canada is below the average in affordability !

Last in terms of performance vs spending.

Does this meet ‘accessibility, comprehensiveness ‘ conditions ——‘ continued access to health care without financial or other barriers?’

NO!

Does universality mean having 5 million Canadians without  a Primary Care Physician? Or mean comprehensiveness? Or Accessibility? 

Or waiting multiple hours at a Emergency hospital facility? 

Or as the Fraser Institute reported in a new study on medical wait times —-

‘Waiting Your Turn: Wait Times for Health Care in Canada, 2021 is a new study that finds Canada’s health-care wait times reached 25.6 weeks in 2021—the longest ever recorded—and 175 per cent higher than the 9.3 weeks Canadians waited in 1993, when the Fraser Institute began tracking medical wait times. Before this year, the longest recorded wait time was 22.6 weeks in 2020. Atlantic Canada has the longest wait times in the country this year, and Ontario recorded the shortest wait time, which was still more than four months long.’

9.3 weeks in 1993 and now hundreds of billions of dollars later : 25. 6 weeks in 2021!!

175 % increase in median medical wait times. 

The Canada Health Act purpose and provisions are being broken every day !!!

So not only do we have Constitutional violations by our Governments happening on a regular basis , especially the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, but the legislation that governs financing of health care by the Federal Government is being broken by all Governments as well.  

These are some of the elephants in the room that Canadians refuse to face and if they continue to deny such tragic reality it will lead to the fall of the rule of law, of parliamentary democracy and permanent authoritarian rule.  

Changing political parties in the various capitals won’t do it —-one set of powerful lobbyists for another, no, we need a National Awakening, recognizing our decline , and facing it, demanding integrity in all our Governance institutions.  

23 thoughts on “Canada’s Governments Violate Their Own Health Laws All The Time!!!A National Awakening To Integrity Not Changing Lobbyists Is What’s Needed.  

  1. Interesting post tonight. I think 5 million people without a doctor in Canada seems a very low estimate. According to stats in the province of British Columbia alone there are nearly a million people without a doctor and I am one of these people. We are one province. If British Columbia on its own has one fith of the population without a doctor we are in serious trouble.

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    • BC has the highest percentage of people without a family doctor on all the Provinces . My info as referenced was from Statistics Canada ———-anyway whatever the number depending on source the point is it is way over the top and not what Governments have been saying —that we have this great health care system. It has crumbled ——-

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  2. SOCIALIZED HEALTHCARE = DESTROYED HEALTHCARE + MEDICAL TYRANNY. This is what happens when you have the equivalent of unionized post-office managers administering a complex such as healthcare. A torture and death factory that destroys our health and happiness. Govt regulation imposes protected monopoly’s preventing free market competition.

    Socialized healthcare takes away decision making power from both patients and providers neutralizing the most important brain-power. Unaccountable unionized bureaucrats instead make all the rules and decisions, often one-size fits all, and exist in a desperate short-term paradigm of deficit spending requiring perpetual rationing unable to allocate resources in a way that eliminates scarcity, and who increase vulnerability to unexpected tragedy.

    The complex of healthcare requires an equivalent complex of specialties that can only be formed by individuals pursuing profit (self interest often comprising of charity) creating a natural division of labour, driving down cost and creating/delivering options that suit every need and local circumstance all for the sake of the self interest (=the professional ambition) of delivering health care for all that actually works.

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  3. Senor Peckford,

    Sadly, but irrefutably, the Healthcare System in Canada is very, very sick and, I suspect, it’s about to get much sicker. Why you may ask? Well, here is the reality the Healthcare System embodies:

    1. Talk to anyone “on the floor” in the Healthcare System and they will tell you the waste, that is, irresponsible use of “input materials” is alarming. This exist and is further amplified by the fact there is virtually no accountability nor responsibility for this waste.

    I, without doing extensive research data acquisition, can say with great confidence the Canadian Healthcare System waste at least (as a minimum 10% and most likely closer to 20%, or greater, annually of its respective provincial healthcare expenditures).

    That is, “Total health spending in Canada is expected to reach a new level in 2021, at more than $308 billion, or $8,019 per Canadian. It is anticipated that health expenditure will represent 12.7% of Canada’s gross domestic product (GDP) in 2021, following a high of 13.7% in 2020.”

    This $308 billion suggest we are wasting between $30.8-$61.6 billion PER YEAR!!!!

    I would suggest the following are contributing factors—make no mistake, there are many more:

    1. We have a healthcare system that seems unable and/or unwilling to address, with any sense of practical solution being provided, the various shortage of medical personnel, especially doctors. For example, I started university in 1971 (52 years ago) and there was a shortage of doctors (I.e. GPs, Specialists, etc.).

    Let’s be crystal clear, there was no shortage, nor has there been over the ensuing 51 years, of very extremely enthused and academically qualified students who were chomping at the bit to get into Medical School—they just weren’t allowed—for a myriad of reasons.

    Why, when we had and still do have an acute shortage of doctors. Surely, over the timeframe of 51 years we could have, SHOULD HAVE, solved this “training” opportunity.

    Where was/is the bottleneck(s) for this doctor shortage (funding— one can’t be taken serious with this argument when we see the obvious waste and expenditures in the healthcare system?; provincial medical associations controlling the supply?; lack of teaching hospitals—please see commentary on funding?; incompetence on political and medical levels?; intentionally created supply barriers?, etc.).

    2. Doctors are given a blank cheque at the beginning of each year and they have become expert at gaming the system. The following are examples of such:

    a. Go see a GP and be limited to the number of medical concerns/issues you can raise per visit. Thus more future visits required, more billing to the respective provincial “payment” system;

    b. Doctors insisting on regular return patient visits to issue “ongoing” prescriptions—why? Result—More visits, more billing to the respective provincial “payment” system;

    c. Doctors who protect their “jurisdiction”, even in the face of a shortage of doctors (I.e. why can’t nurses, pharmacists write and issue prescriptions, etc.)—more visits, more billing to the respective provincial “payment” system;

    d. Doctors who issue, without the slightest regard for the cost to the System, numerous laboratory tests—more follow up visits, more billing to the respective provincial “payment” system;

    e. Doctors who are compromised, in a number of ways, by their “relationship” with the pharmaceutical industry—more visits, more billing to the respective provincial “payment” system;

    f. Doctors who are not allowed to practice patient care properly (I.e. the Covid-19 debacle regarding “allowed” medication use)—more visits, more billing to the respective provincial “payment” system;

    g. The growing, some would say exploding, administrative bureaucracy in the healthcare system—why?;

    h. Patients who abuse the system with their excessive usage, some would suggest unnecessary—more visits, more billing to the respective provincial “payment” system;

    I. Tens of Billions of dollars of patient” productive time wasted per year “waiting” in the medical system (I.e doctors office, waiting for procedures, laboratory waits, therapy/physio waits, etc.).

    The medical system in Canada is a case study in how not to encourage and insist on efficiency and accountability for the proper use of taxpayer dollars.

    Make no mistake, when one creates a system, especially a governmental system, that isn’t constrained by accountability nor incentivized to control costs (actually, the reality is the exact opposite) it will grow and morph into a monster that demands more and more and more tax dollars.

    Sadly, this is the reality we now face, the Medical System is broken in a myriad of ways and, unfortunately, I don’t see the will nor the commitment, by the various stakeholders, to recognize and accept their responsibility to fix it. In essence, the System has gorged itself on taxpayer largesse and now refuses to go on the essential diet and “healthcare” exercises—WOW, WOW AND WOW!!!

    Yes, the federal government, through funding, has inserted itself, I would say very effectively, into a matter of provincial jurisdiction (I.e. He who holds the gold makes the rules. Whoever has the money, has the power).

    It’s indeed ironic that we are now discussing the failure of the Canadian Federal Government to properly comply with their own legislation (Canada Health Act), in a matter for which they have no constitutional authority. More specifically, they are failing regarding, I would argue, all five (5) of the below:

    (a) public administration;
    (b) comprehensiveness;
    (c) universality
    (d) portability; and
    (e) accessibility.

    So, yes, sadly, like you state, “So not only do we have Constitutional violations by our Governments happening on a regular basis , especially the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, but the legislation that governs financing of health care by the Federal Government is being broken by all Governments as well”.

    We have the following occurring in Canada, as we speak:

    1. Failing political system;
    2. Failing Education System;
    3. Failing Healthcare System;
    4. A failing Legal System;
    5. Massive corruption in many areas of societal interactions;
    6. A Financial System on the brink of implosion;
    7. A loss of respect on the International Stage;
    8. A government, MSM and Social Media hellbent on censorship;
    9. A loss of “guaranteed” freedoms (I.e Trucker protests, freezing of bank accounts, restricted religious services, restricted freedom and ability to travel, forced COVID-19 experimental material injections, etc.);
    10. Corporation overreach and abuse of Canadians;
    11. A looming food shortage;
    12. Exploding inflation;
    13. Inability to effectively and efficiently develop resources (ie. oil and gas, mining, logging, etc.);
    14. Inability to build pipelines to get our resources to market;
    15. An absurd unrealistic and distorted, religiosity like, conviction associated with Climate Change.

    These are just a limited number of the challenges we face, as Canadians, and the political leadership to fix this debilitating debacle is in short supply, if even on the RADAR OF SOLUTIONS.

    Apologies for these observations and their consequent negative implications for Canada. However, one is obligated, because of civic duty and responsibility, to call a spade a spade.

    Food for thought.

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    • Terry, you paint a very dismal picture of your country, yet Canada is surely one of the top 25 countries in the world to live in, unless you are aboriginal.
      Example , as to corruption, I think Canada ranks # 13 where #1 is a figure for least corruption. But that even that has dropped some under Justin Trudeau, so not a good trend, but relatively good on international standards.Russia is higher than #100, and very bad.
      I agree that the we fail on all 5 of the headings on health care, but what is the solution?
      You repeat what Mr Peckford says but taking 3 times more words and space to do your civic duty.

      Items 13, 14 and 14 is a deflection to Climate Change issue, which when I mention it , you what to avoid the subject, but why do I bring this up you might ask.
      Well Terry
      1. You admitted in the past you have profited from advising the fossil fuel industry, so you are in a conflict of interest and biased in this area.
      2. Most Canadians are only mildly concerned about climate change, and content to agree with Tom Cotton, who correctly says “I believe in climate change, as the climate is always changing”.
      3. The difference is the understanding that not only is the climate changing, but is changing at a much faster and increasing rate, such that the computer models are often wrong as they underestimate the rate of change and the urgency to take corrective action. About every second week a major new study is reported showing the changes and impacts.
      4. Even the major coal, oil and gas companies admit to their own past research, dating from the 1970s, predicting the rise in CO2 and impacts on the climate, and are now subjected to hundreds of law suits around the world for hiding their research. They are not in denial, but you are, yet they still buy influence with politicians to drill baby drill. Te golden rule, they that own the gold make the rules, Black gold of course. Manchin, the Virginia coal baron is but one example.
      5. It appear to me that you little follow or study or understand the research and impacts and prefer to deny real science, which even the oil companies don’t deny. It suggests perhaps you sell your soul to promote nonsense as to the reality.
      6. Real scientists used to quietly research and publish, and not be vocal, but many are now publically expressing alarm, as this planet is at risk to crossing tipping points that may cascade with feedback loops whereby humanity may be doomed. This is not just Greta Thunsberg suggesting this, but many of the worlds top scientists. I happen to believe the real scientists, not your denials.

      I could cite a number of areas where the science and facts show the changes are very rapid, and can likely be irreversable, and we appear to be seeing the results in real time extremes. This is not climate change as usual, but Mother Nature adjusting to human folly and hubris. While it may be yet time for corrective action, it appears doubtful to me. The Biden climate action deal just won’t cut it.
      7. Too many, and the majority I suggest, agree with you that fossil fuel use at present levels in not a big problem, not that they are smart, but because they don’t follow the real science and have their heads in the sand, or are in conflict of interest or addicted to fossil fuel use.

      Of course, my civic duty to state my opinions, which is backed by real science.
      Regards
      Winston Adams

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      • Dearest Winston;

        Thanks for your observations and feedback. Also, it would seem you are devoting more time and thought to your feedback and that’s a sign of progress, albeit we should not presuppose this will continue in future.

        Winston words: Terry, you paint a very dismal picture of your country, yet Canada is surely one of the top 25 countries in the world to live in, unless you are aboriginal.

        Terry’s words: I paint a “realistic picture” and you interpret it to be dismal. I cannot, nor want to, be responsible for your dismality. Sorry, that’s a burden you have created and must bear.

        Your words: Example, as to corruption, I think Canada ranks # 13 where #1 is a figure for least corruption. But that even that has dropped some under Justin Trudeau, so not a good trend, but relatively good on international standards.Russia is higher than #100, and very bad.

        Terry’s words: it appears you are attempting to justify Canada’s corruption based on it being better than others. It seems akin to you defending a person who has committed multiple rapes but justify it by saying, “not as many as Jack-The-Rapist”. Really?

        Your words:

        I agree that the we fail on all 5 of the headings on health care, but what is the solution?
        You repeat what Mr Peckford says but taking 3 times more words and space to do your civic duty.

        Terry’s words: To be clear, I write with you in mind thus at a less challenging level, and provide as much detail as possible, with the hope you will absorb a smidgen of the provided information, however, that appears a big ask—but one can always dream!!!

        Winston, Senor Peckford posted an article on the Canadian Healthcare System. I merely suggested there were a myriad of challenges on the Canadian front. I will not be deflected to a Climate Change discussion—nice try, but no can do. As mentioned on numerous of your previous posts; please stick to the topic, I realize it’s difficult but we must.

        If you want a discussion on Climate Change, create your own post on Climate Change and l’ll determine if it’s worthwhile for me to entertain you further. I realize you are in need of diversion, as you are confronted with many challenges, and I’m only too happy to accommodate—another of my civic duties on display!!!!

        Winston, you persist in suggesting you listen to “real science” versus, I presume, “unreal science”— that’s certainly up for debate, considering your lack of sticking to scientific standards, by agreeing to be injected with Covid-19 Experimental materials.

        Sorry, for you to claim adherence to science, the scientific method and science principles and immediately thereafter abandon those tools by agreeing to those injections, lends little credibility to your Greta Thunberg like claims.

        Consequently, I’m not sure what standards you utilize to determine what constitutes “real science”, thus unable to conclude, positive or negative, that your “real science” warrants any meritorious accolades.

        I’m aware that a number of regions of your Province are facing serious forest fire challenges; might I suggest you further exercise your civic duty, by using “real science”, to determine the REAL factors that have contributed to this reality.

        In the meantime, maybe work on the town, by using real science, where your cottage is located, to stop (as you previously indicated) soiling the ocean and the creatures within.

        Food for thought.

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      • Senor Burton,
        I realised before you posted that I was too harsh in some of my comments. You may be surprised I say this and ask why I was harsh.
        Well, you did expand on Mr Peckfords views, especially as to how doctors manipulate the system for financial benefit. You are very correct, and I see it, but as most people are not much engaged with major health issues, they don’t realise what goes on.

        But no, I’m not devoting more time and thought to my comments, and they are always essentially off the cuff, (even the ones you falsely say are by a ghost writer). Today I spent much time trying to access a cardiac stress test,done almost 2 weeks ago, which had abnormalities, and my GP refuses to send it to me !

        But how can you argue that your citing so much that is failing in Canada, or not working well, not to reasonably considered as painting a dismal picture. Perhaps you can paint a more rosy picture?

        As to Canada’s Ranking, that too was off the cuff, as my general impression that we were not less than # 25. But I see that U.S. News ranks Canada as #3 in 2019, #2 in 2020, and #1 in 2021, (where Japan is #2, Germany #3 and the USA is # 6). That is pretty rosy for Canada.

        CEO World ranks Finland #1 , and Canada #12

        The point being that ranking also depend on the metrics used, but that Canada seems rather in a high overall position, would you agree? So maybe the judgement of your metrics are not that valid?

        And you seem to regret mentioning Climate Change, and avoid altogether my statement that you are in conflict of interest and biased on that subject. As to me writing a post, I wonder if Mr Peckford would post it if I did write one. Some key issues of huge potential impact : AMOC, also changing Arctic Vortex and jet stream, and also reduction in the Greenland and Antarctic ice caps are rather important, and whether you follow the science on that, and not fake science, which does exist and promoted.
        As to you assessing my views on that, before I consider wasting any time to writing a piece on Climate Change, first you must admit your conflict of interest on the subject and not dodge that fact. Have you not sold your soul to the fossil fuel industry, as I believe you are intelligent and understand, as do that industry, the science, but denies it.

        As to sewage pollution near my cottage, I have taken some legal action since last year, but little movement and a job to fight city hall, when the laws are not enforced. And too there are other priority health issues, this but one. And too I risk being doomed, you say, due to receiving the Covid jabs, so why worry about other troubles or try to correct them?
        So your suggestions seems not serious, and I must piss you off not to flatter your writing style, and to call a spade a spade. But at times you make a some sense, but seem to fixated on conspiracy theories.

        Cheers Senor Burton, but expect you are even more offended by my frank views, and reply with more BS to assault my character and intelligence.

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      • Winston,

        Your words: I realised before you posted that I was too harsh in some of my comments. You may be surprised I say this and ask why I was harsh.

        My words: not a concern and no need to try and justify your words, they speak for themselves.

        Your words: But no, I’m not devoting more time and thought to my comments, and they are always essentially off the cuff, (even the ones you falsely say are by a ghost writer).

        My words: This latest post of yours indicates why I made the, what now appears as a prescient comment, “albeit we should not presuppose this will continue in future”.

        Your words: But how can you argue that your citing so much that is failing in Canada, or not working well, not to reasonably considered as painting a dismal picture. Perhaps you can paint a more rosy picture?

        My words: I’m not interested in painting a dismal or rosy picture. I’m committed to stating the “reality” we face, no more and no less.

        Your words: The point being that ranking also depend on the metrics used, but that Canada seems rather in a high overall position, would you agree? So maybe the judgement of your metrics are not that valid?

        My words: Any comparative metric that attempts to justify corruption is not a metric to which much credence should be given.

        For example:

        1. Are you aware of any other Western leader who has broken the Ethics law five times;

        2. supports a Canadian company who is known for its bribery history around the world,

        3. rumours of a dalliance with an underaged student;

        4. tramples the Constitution and the Charter of Rights virtually every day;

        5. freezes citizens’ bank accounts;

        6. lies to the public about the police asking (they didn’t) for implementation of the Emergency Act;

        7. is unable to properly account for billions in Covid-19 and other spending;

        8. traverses the world espousing the values of democracy and democratic values whilst crushing such in Canada.

        Yes, Winston, sadly, there is massive corruption in Canada at the very highest levels— that’s the reality and I could provide a much greater list, but why bother, point made.

        Sorry, you keep trying to get a Climate Change discussion going and I’m not going down that rabbit hole on this post— once again, stick to the topic of Senor Peckford’s post.

        Your words: As to sewage pollution near my cottage, I have taken some legal action since last year, but little movement and a job to fight city hall, when the laws are not enforced. And too there are other priority health issues, this but one. And too I risk being doomed, you say, due to receiving the Covid jabs, so why worry about other troubles or try to correct them?

        My words: your civic duty or that’s what you have conveyed as your raison d’être!!!

        Your words: So your suggestions seems not serious, and I must piss you off not to flatter your writing style, and to call a spade a spade.But at times you make a some sense, but seem to fixated on conspiracy theories.

        My words: Winston, please, I would suggest your five (5) year old relative not be allowed to write on your post. Surely, you weren’t the author of such childlike drivel and apparently you don’t read your materials prior to posting.

        Your words: Cheers Senor Burton, but expect you are even more offended by my frank views, and reply with more BS to assault my character and intelligence.

        My words: I take no offence to your views. When I see a fellow human being being challenged and suffering, my compassion and sense of duty surfaces—I have great compassion for the challenges you face. In such cases there is no room for being offended.

        Also, why would I assault that which appears in short supply!!!!

        Food for thought.

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      • Oh Terry
        As predicted:
        My words: You would further assault my character and intelligence
        Your words : “Winston……your child like drivel , ……….why would I assault that which is on short supply”.

        Otherwise your post confirms what I suggested………you appear to have sold your soul to the fossil fuel industry, you repeat Mr Peckford words elsewhere of Justin Trudeau’s breaches of ethics rules (you call then laws). You suggest corruption scale has no merit, but I wonder why Canada is ranked so high a country if corruption is so bad? And I am no fan of Justin, and noted an increased rating for corruption under his leadership……….but I am much less obsessed with Trudeau’s character flaws than you. Who is without flaws, and let him throw the stones, as you do.
        You speak of issues of morals and ethics, but seem lacking in defending your standards (fearing a rabbit hole)

        So, who is Terry Burton?

        I googled “Is Terry Burton smart” and got no answer that related to you.
        I tried again “Is Terry Burton of NL smart” This time there was an item that included Terry Burton , the most beautiful of all girls, smart and funny” seems from Gander Nfld Grade 9 and a 117 pages , and dealing with sexuality etc. Seems may be not you, or whether a relative?
        Certainly the real Terry seems a nasty bugger, and capable of writing for Trump’s Tweets, or his Social Truth platform……..LOL

        Of course, I beg you don’t offend and assault my character more, (as I’m sure you can do even worse ) because I give you a bit of your own medicine. I’d rather deal with what is reasonably considered facts, whether on topics health care, climate, freedoms, corruption, conspiracy theory etc, ….

        Did you say you contracted and survived Covid, if so, are there lingering long covid issues? These may resolve. I just prayed, (brief mind you) for your good health.
        Cheers, I write, with a smile.
        Winston

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      • Winston,

        Having baited the trap numerous times, it appears the Adams badger cannot resist the provided sustenance—as predicted.

        You might benefit from reading, “An Act to amend the Parliament of Canada Act (Ethics Commissioner and Senate Ethics Officer) and other Acts in consequence”.

        Again, one’s persistence in trying to get a Climate Change discussion, on a post about Canada’s Healthcare System, isn’t indicative of the continuity required in this type of exchange.

        Again, if you want a debate/exchange about Climate Change, please write your article and submit such to the applicable platform for their consideration. If they elect to publish, I’m sure folks will chime in with their thoughts and views—ball in your court.

        Note: I never said a corruption scale has no merit, please quote where I said this and if so, I will withdraw such a claim. I merely suggested that “you are attempting to justify Canada’s corruption based on it being better than others. It seems akin to you defending a person who has committed multiple rapes but justify it by saying, “not as many as Jack-The-Rapist”. Really?”

        As well, you seem to suggest an obsession is present when one lists just a limited number of the various branches of ethics and laws of a Country. Surely, this isn’t what you conclude constitutes an “obsession” nor “character flaws”!!!

        Again, I’m more than enthused to engage in a debate on Climate Change but this Canadian Healthcare System post by Senor Peckford, respectfully, isn’t the proper forum. Please see comments in the previous third (3rd) paragraph.

        Winston, your last three (3) paragraphs in this last post of yours, sadly, again warrants this previous observation, “Winston, please, I would suggest your five (5) year old relative not be allowed to write on your post. Surely, you weren’t the author of such childlike drivel and apparently you don’t read your materials prior to posting.”

        Now, let’s you and I not continue this childlike exchange further; please provide “your” Climate Change article to, I would suggest, Senor Peckford, and see if he is prepared to publish such on his Blog. I await with great anticipation.

        Note: Advice, if you really want it published; please ensure your article is well researched (not just a regurgitation of the false claim that 97% of scientists agree that Climate Change is anthropogenic caused, nor most published articles support, etc.), factual, objective, unbiased, detailed and well written (content, format, flow, etc.)— this will ensure a greater probability of it being published.

        Also, volume of compromised concurrence doesn’t establish that the science is settled. For example, (billions of people have spent decades accepting that the Big Bang theory is gospel, only to now find it is being challenged as to veracity).

        Again, thanks in advance for your Climate Change article, I’m sure it will be most enlightening.

        Food for thought.

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  4. This post is past due, as I realized that our health care system was in crisis in 2017, when my wife was diagnosed with stage 4 bowel cancer.
    1. Her GP refused her prior requests for a bowel scope until it was too late, as stage 4 has a 10% chance of a cure where as stage 1 has 90 % chance of a cure
    2. At her 1st visit to ER at the St John’s Health Science Centre, they had no bed pans so, on the bed, just used a cardboard liner, which collapsed, causing her to wet her garments with urine. I would only expect that in 3rd would countries or the Labrador coastal communities, which are essentially 3rd world conditions.
    3. She was turned away from ER without a scan when she developed a blood clot on her lung, and again when she had a bowel obstruction……resulting in worse conditions and needing to return, in a worse state, and 10 or more days in hospital each time and emergency surgery.
    4 A liver tumor that they said could not be resected locally , and no referral to another Canadian hospital , but was successfully resented in Houston Texas, at our expense for which we billed over 100,000 dollars.
    5 Another surgery having to be done in Halifax, and as they , fortunately, elevated her priority status during the Covid cancelling of surgeries for many, in April 2020, a lucky break for her.
    6 A recent recommendation for her to get only only “palliative care’ (she very fit and walking 7 km a day) in stead of surgery for very small tumors on her lung………that finally got turned around ,the tunors removed in July and she again now walking 4 km a day.
    Repeated errors of misinterpretation of images as to tunors that didn’t exist, needing opinions outside the province to correct the situation.
    The list goes on, and people wonder why we have such high costs here as to 3 billion a year for 1/2 million people, and and very poor outcomes.
    And Revenue Canada asked us why some of these claims for medical expenses could not not be done at a closer facility!. Why indeed. Because our system is badly broken.

    Currently it has taken me almost 6 months to see a cardiologist (they suggested a 16 month wait) and I having serious heart issues for 12 years, and not seen a cardiolgist for the past 7 years. My GP said he didn’t know I had heart disease and should not have to review prior history records to know this!

    As we say in Nlfd “the arse is right out of her” ………. as to small fishing boats that were rotted away.

    And as this health care system has been broken for so long, it seems that Voltaire’s quote, that something that take so long to fix suggests neither side is right, both parties is at fault(in this case both the feds and premiers)
    Winston Adams

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    • The prime responsibility for heath care is the Province under the Constitution—-sharing the blame does not help. Everyone has a negative story everywhere in Canada and the Provinces have done a good job in ensuring there is ‘equal ‘ federal blame.

      When you relinquish major say over the fishery, allow Quebec to buy your water power for less than $5 per barrel, actually $1.80 per barrel for 40 years , no reopening clause for inflation , reducing to $1.20 per barrel over the last 25 years of the total 65 years, and then do it again on the same river 50 years later only this time Nova Scotia gets the better deal, allows the Atlantic Accord provisions to be diluted after not negotiating everything away ( violating the Constitution by the Province getting royalties as if the resource were on land) and which has provided the major source of revenue annually outside of Govt taxation ————and then subsequent Govts getting this extra money spend like there is no tomorrow ——you end up with the largest per capita debt in Canada —-and all the subsequent negative attendant social problems——- hauntingly similar to earlier eras —-my first book was titled deliberately The Past In The Present——-and tragically remian relevant.

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      • Brian, I suggest that not every person in Canada has a negative story, as to health care, as many that are healthy have little contact or need for in depth care and services. But for those caught in major health issues, or those older people with multiple morbidity issues, suffer from a system in crisis.

        Indeed, historically our natural resources are and seldom was for our province as a first priority, but NL government has had a long term spending problem and there is little efficiency, and much mismanagement in our health care system here.
        We compounded the poor Churchill Falls deal (the cost of construction which had no NL govn money) with the 15 Billion cost Muskrat Falls boondoggle, which a decade later is only transmitting half of the design power, and had put us in extreme debt, and oil revenues wasted. We agree on that, and that other bad decisions made limits money available for other services. But health care inefficiencies and poor management is, I think, a provincial responsibility, and not meeting the guidelines of the federal requirements, as you say in your piece.
        Terry Burton suggests 10 % or more in waste. The CHOOSING WISELY group, suggested that there is 20 % waste, and for NL that is 600 million per year waste in health care.
        Dr Parphey, the lead here for that assessment was interviewed a few years ago on CBC with Debbie Cooper, He is a kidney specialist. He said there was waste on imaging, that is scans, and that too many were getting unnecessary MRIs, and it had a “lot of radiation that could be be harmful”. I knew that was false, either a mistake by him that was’t corrected or his ignorance as to scans. MRIs have absolutely no radiation, but CTs and PET scan do. A few days later it so happened that I was scheduled for a necessary MRI . The technician said she and others were “mortified” by what this doctor had said about radiation with MRIs, yet there was never any correction, and GPs could no longer order MRIs , only specialists, yet GPs could order CTs which do have a lot of radiation.
        If this is incompetence, how come he has since been elevated as an adviser for health care here?

        Winston Adams.

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      • I’ve had a heart condition for 21 years and had many CT and MRI scans. I know for certain that a single CT scan is equivalent to 700 X-rays exposure and an MRI is a magnetic device with ZERO radiation.

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  6. Count yourselves lucky that you have any health care at all except for the clot shot. Governments in debt may have to cut costs and social spending is a luxury for rich countries. Government’s ability to borrow is by no means assured or permanent. Remember what happened to New Zealand in 1984. New government and no more credit. They cut everything back. Even the sheep were off the public teat. Major General Richard Rohmer’s book ,”Death by Deficit”, is a good example of what can happen when credit ratings go for a dive and yes there is a transcript of the W5 report on the New Zealand debt crisis in the book. I read the book so much I damned near wore it out.

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  7. We winter in south Florida and we often see a huge sign by the highway identifying the nearby hospital and it has a digital number board showing the current wait time at that hospital. It’s usually just a few minutes or no more than 15 minutes.

    BTW I remember when Chretien lowered transfer payments for health and education to provinces and Mike Harris said he wasn’t about to raise taxes to cover the shortfall. Instead he told Hospitals and schools to CUT overstaffed management.

    I remember visiting a friend in the Hamilton On. hospital 3 years ago and passed by the nurses station. It was full of people BUT there was a woman sitting at a small table in the hallway working on a laptop. Why? Because the office was already full of administration staff and the overflow was in the hallway now.

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