Let me point out the state of the Canadian Health Care system, using a report that the Department of Health has quoted itself:
regards to international comparison, the 2014 Commonwealth Fund report on the
health system performance of 11 countries ranked Canada 10th overall, indicated
particularly low scores in quality, safety, access, timeliness, efficiency and
Fund, Mirror, Mirror on the Wall: How the Performance of the US Health Care
2014 Update. Note the broad range of care in which we are at the bottom of the heap.
The decline is, of course, a carefully guarded secret, the politicians see to that. They want Canadians, to continue to think that they are still enjoying a 'world-class' health care industry, while the decline continues.
Administridiots, with business training, are in charge now. They really have no idea of what good medicine is, other than from the economic point of view, and even then, often have little real insight. They understand little about physician - patient relationships, and care less, unless, of course, they, their families, or their political friends are involved. Things are different then. I was the Chairman of a Department of Family Medicine, based out of a University Hospital, and not infrequently, would get a subtle message that an important political figure or one of their family members was coming in. Just to let me know, you know. Not that any special treatment was being solicited, God forbid. (Nod nod, wink wink!) And , of course, when any of the administrators or their families came into the department, they never failed, ever so tactfully, to let us know who they were. So it's time to discard all that BS about everyone getting the same level of care. It's just not so, and the people who crow most loudly about it are often the ones who are most demanding.
Soon, our already overburdened health care system,is going to be furthered burdened by twenty-five thousand Syrian refugees, at least some of them are refugees. Physicians, who can't adequately cope with the already heavy patient load, and who are being treated in an unbelievably unacceptable manner, including unilateral claw-backs from government, are being asked by the same politicians to provide the coverage that the politicians have so generously promised. If physicians do that, they will deserve the consequences. The government made a promise so they could look like 'good guys' , let them not fulfill it on the backs of physicians.
I cannot help asking, where are the CMA and CPSO?