Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Thoughts on the Canadian Healthcare System

The current healthcare debate in the U.S. is interesting in many respects, not the least of which is the rabid anti-"public option" position of some.  Glued to American financial channels as I am daily I am incredulous at some of the rhetoric spewed thereon about Canada's healthcare system - a system I am intimately aware of as a healthcare professional with close ties to the medical community.  There is a lot of carping about healthcare by Canadians on a provincial and national level.  Yet the system works.  A local rancher diagnosed with a coronary artery blockage ten days ago requiring immediate admission to the local ICU, etc., bumped into me yesterday at the post office seemingly hale and hearty, after a coronary stent was placed at a Calgary hospital.  I was flabbergasted at the speed and quality of this man's care - and proud of our Canadian healthcare system.  Yes, you may not get that hip transplant as soon as you would in the U.S. private system, but if you have a life-threatening issue it will be dealt with immediately - even "out here"!