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Oregone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-31-09 04:43 PM
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12. Two solutions to that
Edited on Sun May-31-09 05:36 PM by Oregone
1) Remove millions of people from the line by denying care, American style

2) Simply fund the single-payer system appropriately so that market forces from low billing rates do not reduce service availability

The system itself is impeccable on paper, but it simply has to negotiate with finite resources. If you want to forget about this system completely, I don't know what the hell else you have in mind.

BTW, median wait time in my province for cardiac surgery is 38 days, not 3 months. That is very competitive with the states for elective or non-emergency cardiac procedures.

From my MSPs site:

An individual who needs emergency surgery does not go on a wait list and is treated without delay.

For example, about half of all heart or cardiac surgeries in B.C. are done on an emergency basis, with no time spent on a wait list.

If you need surgery or treatment that is not an emergency, you will be placed on a wait list.


Patients who need non-emergency care are assessed by their specialist. The doctor determines the urgency and need for care, severity of the illness and the potential harm to the patient if treatment is delayed for a period of time. Patients are then scheduled on a wait list based on the urgency and their medical need.
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