Life On and Off an Acreage

In-sights into moving from an Acreage back to Town, plus a few things I find of interest.

Two things that horses are scared about:

1. Things that move
2. Things that don't move

November 14, 2009

Humour and H1N1

Listening to the news this week on H1N1 I see people are starting to question the media hype on this topic. Here in Canada, the priority system tends to look at the very young and susceptable people for the priority. My viewpoint is that the media is making a lot of "news" about the H1N1 in order to generate attention. What is missing is the figures on the "normal" flu  and the numbers of young people that die each year and the breakdown on "prior conditions". Myself,I have the theory that young people get the priority because putting them in the health care system costs money, putting seniors in the ground is cheaper than the former. Perhaps I am getting cynical in my old age. Am I getting the shot? Absolutely not! My immune sytem is good, with about 2 colds in 3 years. I am also concerned about what goes into the vaccine and what it does to the body over time. This is my personal opinion and belief. We shall see!


The Old Geezer said...

I've always thought the Mexican Pig flu is nothing more than another government propaganda scare tactic so the flu vaccine corps can make a few more billion.

Question? What is your opinion about the health care debut that is going on in the USA. Should we go with a system like Canada has or not? If you want you can reply by email. Thanks, Geezer

IanH said...

You got it! It's all about money! Who makes the millions of doses? At $85 per shot (read that somewhere) somebody(ies) are making a lot of moolah.

IanH said...

Ian Holland to ronj1946
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I follow part of the debate when it hits the Canadian Press. However, I feel that I get a very biased opinion of what is going on. I think, personally that our system is not perfect and in many cases, very much abused. If these abuses are cleaned up, I would much prefer our system over the U.S. I have experienced both systems, namely the abuse in the Canadian versus the very efficient U.S. Our major abuse is the apparent inability of the GP to make a decision without consulting an expert specialist. This leads to the GP referring to the specialist who referrs to the next specialist who refers to the originator. In each case, money (Government type) changes hands. In the case of the wife, we went around the circle at least three times before a doctor who specialized in cutting through red tape suggested we go to Duluth. We did, and for a cost of $400 US we saw 8 doctors, received a treatment plan and the lead doctor phoned us in Canada to see how things were going (at no cost). Problem solved! Our side missed a very obvious diagnosis that I would expect almost any doctor to be able to make.

It is said that a person shouldn't criticise without offering a solution. So, here goes...

1. Look at the liability insurance for doctors. In Canada the cost is exorbitant, leaving the medical profession feeling vulnerable to legal action.
2. This goes against the grain, but put a minimal cash charge to users to discourage people from bringing the "sniffles" to a medical office. Some proof of "hardship" or proven need might be required to help out those single moms/dads or destitute folks that are truly in need to allow a waiver of the token fee. I do believe in a universal health system, but not a blank check.
3. Some sort of accountability for the doctors. IE a scorecard on how efficient they are and also how effective they are at diagnosis and treatment. How this could actually work would really need some thought. I know that when I was in the Pulp and Paper Industry, as a Technical director, I would be gone if I couldn't meet goals/targets and get results.
4. A method of whistle blowing to handle those severe cases of abuse.

I could go on, but maybe this is a possible expanded blog article with a little more thought put into it.

Which system is perfect? At the moment neither. I still prefer ours, but with major reservations.

Let no man be left behind!