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Source link: http://archive.mises.org/10355/socialized-healthcare-vs-the-laws-of-economics/

Socialized Healthcare vs. The Laws of Economics

July 28, 2009 by

The government’s initial step in attempting to create a government-run healthcare monopoly has been to propose a law that would eventually drive the private health insurance industry out of existence. FULL ARTICLE

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daniel April 10, 2010 at 4:39 pm

I see that that this story quotes a New York Newspaper article (that we have never seen) about Canada’s health care system 10 years ago!

After checking the web for hours, I have found a few facts:
1) A 58-year-old grandmother awaited open-heart surgery in a Montreal hospital hallway with 66 other patients as electric doors opened and closed all night long, bringing in drafts from sub-zero weather. She was on a five-year waiting list for her heart surgery.
*I did find “A 58 year old woman died in a Brooklyn hospital recently, just lying on the hospital floor for an hour.”
2) In Vancouver, ambulances have been “stacked up” for hours while heart attack victims wait in them before being properly taken care of.
* BCAS has 480 ground ambulances, on top of rotary and fixed wing ambulances. So 500 heart attack victims arrived at once? Did they all die? Didn’t find anything on the web about this one.
3)In Toronto, 23 of the city’s 25 hospitals turned away ambulances in a single day because of a shortage of doctors.
* I gave up searching on this one. Where is this information gleaned from? Source?
4) At least 1,000 Canadian doctors and many thousands of Canadian nurses have migrated to the United States to avoid price controls on their salaries.
*Yup, lots of doctors left in 2000 when the Canadian dollar was worth 65 cents. Its at par now – $1Can=$1US.

Apparently, this story has snowballed, and most American cities with over 3 million people ALL have more scanners than Canada has in the entire country. I also tried to find out how many scanners were in Washington state in 2000, when this ‘article’ was written.

By the way, you do know that a PET scan is not recognized by insurance companies in the state of Illinois as a diagnostic tool?

Vina April 12, 2011 at 12:36 pm

That’s a mold-brakere. Great thinking!

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