There is consternation in Canada's medical community over claims by some provinces that it's not possible to set evidence-based benchmarks for medical wait times by year-end, as promised in last year's health accord.Now THAT is calling a spade a frickin' shovel. Long overdue I might add. Here's the source of the foot-dragging:
If premiers didn't intend to follow through on their commitments in the accord they shouldn't have signed, Normand Laberge, a spokesman for the Wait Times Alliance, said in an interview Thursday. "If I sign a document, that's my word," said Laberge, who is also executive director of the Canadian Association of Radiologists. "If the provinces do not respect that, they do not have any credibility whatsoever."
Provincial officials say setting benchmarks will require double-blind studies in which some patients are treated promptly and others after a delay, so as to observe the difference in health outcomes.Which is clearly bullshit and they know it. Laberge fires on them again:
The sight of government seat warmers running for the tall grass while old women and kids wait in vain for life saving procedures sickens me. These people need a major wakeup call, like maybe a broken hip each. Then see how long the waiting list stays.
Laberge says that kind of research would be unethical.
"Can you tell somebody that's got a cardiac problem or a cancer, or somebody that's waiting for an MRI, 'Well, you're going to wait and the other one is going to get access and we'll see in two years who's still alive?' It's a bit ridiculous."
Private medicine now please. Tax cut now please. Fire these assholes NOW PLEASE!!! How much crap are we supposed to swallow?
The Fired Up Phantom