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From: Susanne Shaw - Posted: 14-Dec-11 - 12:06
Well, Martin Singh understands ye olde Martin Friedman's idea of business, but not social and economic equality. Alas, he wants to "restructure" our healthcare and how we've all come to hate that word. I think he's in the wrong party.
3P projects and ANY privatization (e.g. private hospitals that we fund) in our healthcare always has led to unnecessary public expense for someone else's profit and it will always lead to those not being able to pay not getting access to timely and effective healthcare. Even as it is now with a little privatization, people are being denied healthcare in reasonable time. It's who you know who will get you in faster than someone else who has been waiting longer, and the rich always know more people in high places so they do, indeed, get access to specialists sooner than others without such connections.
I would like to see free post secondary education so those who want to become doctors and surgeons would do so, without the goal of getting richer than God. Then we would get more women doctors for the betterment of us all. Male doctors tend to not listen to their patients (esp. female patients) until it's too late. Women tend to be more egalitarian and not charge as much for their services, so they'd be better doctors as well as cheaper IMHO;).
In the old days of the USSR, pay for doctors was negligible as it was for everyone and an astounding 60% of the doctors were women. Under the new horrible capitalism, it's back to 11% and less, like the rest of the world. Instead of becoming doctors or some other worthwhile calling, many young and poor Russian women are being sold all over the world as slave prostitutes or bought brides. So much for capitalism and economic freedom of choice for women!
From: frances n - Posted: 20-Dec-11 - 09:10
Mmm hmmm. What everyone needs is more drugs. No one, of course, needs real food. Poor kids don't need anything but more drugs. Schools would run better with drugs freely available to all students.
One wonders what ever leads Mr. Singh (or anyone else) to think the paramount question that needs answering is whether the NDP "understands business."
Didn't we get enough of a taste of the NDP "understanding business" with Mr. Rae's Ontario NDP government? To be fair, Rae didn't author the free trade arrangements that resulted in a disastrous provincial economy; however, he *did* diverted social welfare payments directly to GM (the announcements happened the same day, for anyone who didn't notice or doesn't remember).
It would appear this fellow properly belongs in the Liberal party, where Mr. Rae eventually found his natural home, and where the idea is for more and more to be paid by the taxpayer to the private sector, rather than the NDP, where (historically, at least) it was all about taxpayers footing the bill for the general public good (preferably delivered by public servants, i.e., sans profits.
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