Better Believe It Donating Member (1000+ posts) Journal Click to send private message to this author Click to view this author's profile Click to add this author to your buddy list Click to add this author to your Ignore list Fri Aug-14-09 10:04 PM
President Obama was 100% wrong today when he commented on Canada's health care system.
What has President Obama been reading or who has he been listening to regarding Canada's single payer system?
During the Montana town hall meeting a person asked the following question:
Q I was laid off in January. I am currently uninsured. My two children have Medicaid right now. And my question is, without going into too much detail, can you tell us what you -- if you have kind of looked at Canada, England's system, and sort of -- can you pick and choose from those systems that work, that we see there's some success rate and apply that to what you're trying to push through right now?
Early in response to her question President Obama said:
".... most other countries have some form of single-payer system. There are differences -- Canada and England have more of what's called -- what people I guess would call a socialized system, in the sense that government owns the hospitals, directly hires doctors
-- but there are a whole bunch of countries like the Netherlands where what they do is, it's a single-payer system only in the sense that government pays the bill, but it's all private folks out there -- private doctors, private facilities. So there are a bunch of different ways of doing it."
The Canadian government has a socialist health care system where sick people go to government owned hospitals and doctors hired by the government??!!!
That's absolutely false and I'm shocked that President Obama didn't know that!
President Obama needs to do some independent research on the Canadian health care system and not rely on lobbyists from the private insurance industry, big PHARMA and the health care industry for his information. They have clouded his mind with their lying anti-single payer propaganda!
To find out the truth about the Canadian single payer system President Obama he should read this and other articles that tell the truth about the Canadian single payer system. If he does that, he won't repeat the lying anti-Canadian propaganda spread by health care industry lobbyists.
Debunking Canadian health care myths
By Rhonda Hackett
June 7, 2009
Myth: Canada is a socialized health care system in which the government runs hospitals and where doctors work for the government.
Princeton University health economist Uwe Reinhardt says single-payer systems are not "socialized medicine" but "social insurance" systems because doctors work in the private sector while their pay comes from a public source. Most physicians in Canada are self-employed. They are not employees of the government nor are they accountable to the government. Doctors are accountable to their patients only. More than 90 percent of physicians in Canada are paid on a fee-for-service basis. Claims are submitted to a single provincial health care plan for reimbursement, whereas in the U.S., claims are submitted to a multitude of insurance providers. Moreover, Canadian hospitals are controlled by private boards and/or regional health authorities rather than being part of or run by the government.