Health care in crisis
The Canadian Medical Association (CMA) has recommended to Health Canada that a tax-deductible long-term care insurance be considered to alleviate the health care costs in Canada. The CMA has stated that the “ public health care system is unsustainable.”
On Aug. 5, Canadian premiers from all provinces and territories met in Winnipeg and they, too, stated that “there is an elephant in the room” in a press conference, referring to the cost of health care.
I have been an advocate for health care and have even made a proposal to the minister of health, only to be rejected, even though the Newfoundland and Labrador Medical Association said it had merit and could reduce wait times.
The premier did not attend the premier’s conference, sending instead Jerome Kennedy, Minister of Health. His back was giving him problems and that’s fine, but why didn’t he send Kathy Dunderdale, the deputy premier, or Dave Denine, minister of intergovernmental affairs?
Having worked with military intelligence, I am familiar with how to evaluate what government’s say and do, and how to analyze that information for what is really being said or planned.
Over the past year, there has been too many coincidences and slips regarding health care. It appears that governments across Canada have been “ testing the water” with their comments and insights into the cost of heatlh care, and what that money could be used for.
Our own premier tested the water with both feet when he went to Florida for surgery that he could have gotten in Canada within a week. While the rest of Canada screamed, Newfoundlanders applauded his recovery and news articles commented on his new hairstyle.
He even did a full interview on NTV News and stated the surgery he received was “not offered here,” which met with outcry from cardiologists across Canada, yet nothing of the sort was published here.
I believe we are being played as fools by the Canadian and provincial governments. With health care being in the state that we find it, they are hoping that we will agree to the CMA’s recommendations and then government can get “ the elephant OUT of the room.”
If a federal election is called this year, health care will be one of the major players in whether the Conservatives will get a majority, a minority, or even retain power.
As long as Canadians continue to close their eyes to what government is doing and support their health care incompetence, we continue to get closer to losing the health care we know.
If we allow this to happen, we will see other social programs such as employment insurance, old age security, and the Canada Pension Plan become the next “elephant in the room.” It’s all down hill — or down south — from there. Robin Brentnall