Good News: Private health clinics booming in Canada

This shouldn’t be happening in a country which is often (wrongly) touted as having one of the greatest government-run health care systems in the world by liberals and progressives. However, certain parts of Canada, which actually permit private health clinics, are seeing a booming industry develop as people are sick of waiting huge amounts of time for routine procedures thanks to government-run health care.

Fox News reports:

Private for-profit clinics are a booming business in Canada — a country often touted as a successful example of a universal health system.

Facing long waits and substandard care, private clinics are proving that Canadians are willing to pay for treatment.

“Any wait time was an enormous frustration for me and also pain. I just couldn’t live my life the way I wanted to,” says Canadian patient Christine Crossman, who was told she could wait up to a year for an MRI after injuring her hip during an exercise class. Warned she would have to wait for the scan, and then wait even longer for surgery, Crossman opted for a private clinic.

As the Obama administration prepares to launch its legislative effort to create a national health care system, many experts on both sides of the debate site Canada as a successful model.

But the Canadian system is not without its problems. Critics lament the shortage of doctors as patients flood the system, resulting in long waits for some treatment.

“No question, it was worth the money,” said Crossman, who paid several hundred dollars and waited just a few days.

Health care delivery in Canada falls largely under provincial jurisdiction, complicating matters.

Private for-profit clinics are permitted in some provinces and not allowed in others. Under the Canada Health Act, privately run facilities cannot charge citizens for services covered by government insurance.

But a 2005 Supreme Court ruling in Quebec opened the door for patients facing unreasonable wait times to pay-out-of-pocket for private treatment.

“I think there is a fundamental shift in different parts of the country that’s beginning to happen. I think people are beginning to realize that they should have a choice,” says Luc Boulay, a partner at St. Joseph MRI, a private clinic in Quebec that charges around $700 for most scans.

The critics of the private clinics in Canada are angry because ti means some people are getting better care outside the government system on their own dime, how dare they. Again, the liberal mindset is prevalent here which states that we shouldn’t lift everyone up to a better level of care, we need to tear it down so everyone has equal access to crappy care instead of using the free-market to improve it.

One year for an MRI! That is insane and I cannot believe some people in this country think the government will be our solution in health care. We had a family member in the hospital last year and they had a MRI later that very day as opposed to waiting a year in Canada.

Canadian citizens have seen the writing on the wall and it is not shocking to see many of them step up and beyond the government care-rationing to get better care outside of the terrific “free” health care they get from their obscene taxes.

On the topic, here is another perfect example of where the CanadaCare system comes up short forcing a baby to be sent to Buffalo, NY for treatment:

A critically-ill premature-born baby from Hamilton is all alone in a Buffalo, N.Y., hospital after she was turned away for treatment at local facility and transferred across the border without her parents, who don’t have passports.

Ava Stinson was born Thursday at St. Joseph’s Hospital, 14 weeks premature.

A provincewide search for an open neonatal intensive care unit bed came up empty, leaving no choice but to send the two pound, four ounce baby to Buffalo.

This is the failure of the Canadian health care system, not US immigration laws.

Hot Air elaborates:

First, the child would have gotten care in the US, too, regardless of insurance status. People get emergency care regardless in this country. There is a difference between health insurance and access to care that some people elide for purposes of political argument. No one gets turned away from emergency care for lack of ability to pay.

But why wasn’t there a NICU bed for the child in the entire nation of Canada? The government of Canada won’t pay for more. They don’t exist to expand supply to meet demand; their single-payer system exists to ration care as a cost-saving mechanism. In a free-market system, supply expands to meet demand, which is why Canada could subcontract out to a US hospital for capacity. Michael writes that paragraph as if it was mere luck that an NICU bed happened to be open in the US, but that’s a function of the system, and not luck. These parents are separated from their child at the moment through the fault of Canada’s government and not the US.

Stunning how a baby would be forced into the United States for health care since Canada has such a great health care system, right? The next question is where the United States will send children when we can’t get the proper care under Obamacare.

So the bottom line is that some parts of Canada are opening the door back up to private health care to meet the demand while the United States, under the Obama administration, will be pushing for a socialist system. How fun.

Who’s in the mood to wait 1 year for a MRI? Not me!