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Old January 5 2013, 12:44 PM   #17
MacLeod
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Re: Critical care: Satire on socialized medicine?

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The term "socialized medicine" is a meaningless rhetorical construct designed to instil fear and loathing in people thanks to a vague and utterly illusionary reference to communist ideology. Those of us who have always lived in a system where health care is provided by the state to all as a matter of course, not the patient's ability to pay or social status, roll their eyes when it comes up. A couple of years ago I had a severe headache with visual distortions that were consistent with a stroke. I was taken to a hospital where I had a CT scan within 30 minutes. For free. A friend of mine recently DID have a stroke, spent a week in hospital, and four months in rehab. For free. I am on the waiting list for a hip replacement -- yes there's a wait because it is elective, not emergency surgery. When I get it, the 3.5 hour surgical procedure and follow-up physiotherapy will be ... you guessed it. Free. If that's socialism, bring it on.

I THINK that's the entire point of Critical Care. That health care should be provided on the basis of need, not ability to pay, social status or the profit interests of shareholders.

Recommended watching: Michael Moore's "Sicko."

In other words, the costs appear elsewhere than on your hospital bill. Due to the first law of thermodynamics, nothing is "free."
In many countries with Universal Health Care you don't get a bill. It's funderd via taxes. Yes you have the option of taking out private medical care should you wish do so and can afford to do so. And yes you might have to wait for non-emergency surgery. And yes Universal Health Care isn't without it's issues after all no system is perfect. But in general universal health care it's about providing based upon need rather than ability to pay.
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