Always enjoy your posts.
: Garyposted: 16 Hours Ago
What pisses me off the most is that the governments hold study after study behind closed doors in their little ivory towers and can only come up with the known fact that the system isn't working.
The very few times I have been in the medical system (in hospital) I have witnessed time after time staff that was standing around loitering, talking about nothing that was to do with the job at hand. Millions of dollars wasted on idle time.
At those times I wondered just how fast I would have been fired for doing the same thing.
I now have a family member that has cancer and has had to prod these people at every turn. He started keeping a diary of all the B.S. He has had to go through right from the start. And if anything goes wrong he is making sure I get that diary. As well as his diary I have one on the fast tracking of an operation I had, done by the insurance company, so that they would not have to pay my wages for an extended period.
Let's get these fat cat bureaucrats of their collective asses and get them into solving the waste problems of this system. Maybe the auditor-general should have a look at the system. She might get things happening.
commentor: rjmposted: 16 Hours AgoQuote:
Everyone is following the rules. Our Medicare is as well
I have a difficult time understanding how you people cant seem to see through the fog of your ideology far enough to understand that you cannot decrease cost by adding cost.
profit is a component of cost, it adds to the cost. when you add cost components that dont exist under the public system, you increase the cost.
adding to the problem of increased cost is the corruption and graft that inevitably accompanies every feeding frenzy of the sort that these insatiable bloodsuckers cannot resist.
the upward pressure on profit is ceaseless and, in the degenerating model of democracy in this country, is becoming more powerful every day.
you argue in favour of graft and corruption and expect me to accept your position?
commentor: Grumpyposted: 15 Hours AgoWE must begin to realize that our medicare system is on the verge of collapse. There are many reasons and I have come around to the belief that we need the private sector to compete somewhat with the public medical system.
I also think that the private sector must take 'public cases', with medicare paying the tab.
Dosanjh is another case, true case of an incompetent and immoral politician. Look what he did to the provincial NDP, instead of trying to save the party from oblivion, he played potentate, travelling India.
One wonders if Dosanjh, like Larry Campbell, were Liberal operatives, set to destroy all opposition, they couldn't have been so easy as just to buy them off?
commentor: Elliotposted: 15 Hours Agojust over 700 dejected ndp'ers decided this guy would become the premier of b.c. after clark self-destructed. he did nothing while in office and is nowhere near as bright as everyone assumes. he's in way over his head as minister of health. it's yet another liberal example of a disaster waiting to happen.
commentor: BC Maryposted: 15 Hours AgoI support Canada's Health Care system every way I can. But I do ask: why can't Health Care leaders get a grip on reorganizing the system to be more efficient? We can't simply blame the people going to Emerg for sore throats. The systemic problems are more like this, for example:
Yesterday I was called back to get an ECG re-done, as the previous ECG had been faulty. When I walked in, they started automatically to sit me down for blood tests. No, no, I protested, just an ECG.
When the ECG was done, I had a hunch and enquired. "If an ECG is faulty and has to be re-done, is the Health Care system charged for one ECG? or two?
You guessed, didn't you. Two. Besides which, if I hadn't stopped them, they'd have charged up a batch of duplicated, unnecessary blood tests.
These people cannot re-organize themselves. It needs to happen from a very high level, with the support of us all. Continued sniping and griping only puts a smile on George W. Bush's face.
commentor: BC Maryposted: 15 Hours Ago... which is not to endorse Ujjal Dosanjh who has one heck of a lot to answer for in British Columbia and ... apparently ... now nation-wide. The rotter.
commentor: Frankposted: 15 Hours AgoI haven't read the article, jsut the headline. But I hope Dosj loses his seat. Maybe he was a good lawyer but he's sure been a bust as a politician provincially and federally.
commentor: Bobb999posted: 15 Hours AgoThere is a growing Tsunami of bad news swamping the Libs on the lapsed ethics front
I don't think the wave has even peaked yet.
From the latest Strategic Council poll in today's Globe:
OTTAWA -- Conservative Leader Stephen Harper has for the first time displaced Liberal Leader Paul Martin as the politician Canadians most favour to lead the country, a new poll shows.
Riding a surge of support in British Columbia, the Prairie provinces and Quebec, Mr. Harper has the trust of 32 per cent of voters, compared with 25 per cent for Mr. Martin and 17 per cent for NDP Leader Jack Layton.
AND, ANOTHER new scandal with an attempt by the Lib gov't to cover it up!
This has to do with the Toronto Waterfront Revitalization plan, and misspent dollars,
contracts granted without public bids (against gov't rules), the top guy running it getting paid an obscene salary... The audit recommended a formal investigation into abuses in the program but that recommendation was deleted from the version released to the public!
Bottom Line: Libs are toast. Too much poor ethics baggage. Voters are fed up and simply want a change of gov't - any change, at what ever cost.
Unfortunately, the result is likely to be "out of the frying pan and into the fire" for Canada. I'm p*ssed off it's come to this.
commentor: alexwhposted: 14 Hours AgoI am dyslexic but that Ujjal headline still looks kind of reversed. Did someone hire a Vancouver Sun staffer to check for typos?
The worse it gets for the Liberals as we go from the idea of the inevitable Conservative minority government to the inevitable Conservative majority government, the better the third solution (the NDP) looks. How can we get all those disgusted Liberal supporters to switch to the NDP? BC has shown that powerful provincial parties can go from power to a wipeout (the Socreds) and the almost wipeout of the Provincial NDP. Why cannot the same pattern be repeated here?
commentor: redrivergirlposted: 14 Hours AgoThe libs will get re-elected in spite of themselves.
We have to eliminate lobbying completely, or as someone suggested make it ten years from leaving gov't before you can lobby and 5 years before you can receive the perk of a ceo position from industry. Kickbacks and bribes should yeild a ten year prison term.
Until we do this or something similar we will be increasingly a banana republic where bribes are the order of the day and democracy bastardized.
commentor: redrivergirlposted: 14 Hours Agoyield...
In other words, we will be the victims of crime until we demand these changes. And, the very serious problem we have with pollution will never be addressed resulting in premature deaths. This also will protect people who go into politics as well from undue temptation and assimilating into corruption.
commentor: redrivergirlposted: 14 Hours AgoAny party who ran aggressively against 'free-trade'/nafta would win a landslide. They would have to also aggressively fight the establishment which would predict the end of the world if 'free-trade' were eliminated.
commentor: alexwhposted: 14 Hours AgoAs a former Argentine and resident of Mexico we all laughed when Americans were shocked to find out that Nixon was a crook. Back then you could have defined the difference between Latin Americans and Americans (I did not know much about Canada in those days to have an opinion) in that we Latinos expected all politicians to cheat and steal while Americans had high hopes; were idealists and then suffered the consequences of disappointment. I think that the solution is to instill in our schools (both at an elementary and secondary level) an awareness of political corruption and to promote that youth (with the idealism that youth can have) when older, if they do not forget, can change what they don't like.
I hated my two year stint in the Argentine Navy. My boss, an American Naval Captain (Senior Naval Advisor in Argentina whom I translated for) told me, "It is obvious you hate the armed forces. My advice to you is to not rebel know as you will be put in the brig; sit tight and when you reach a position of power in your later years, then change the system." Do we then become complacent? I think we do.
commentor: neoconposted: 14 Hours Agoredrivergirl: what's wrong with free trade?
commentor: BC Maryposted: 14 Hours AgoIf Fate is kind, we'll get a minority Liberal government with an increased NDP presence.
Now, the procedure: the way these things work out, is that while at prayer, beseeching the Fates to be so kind, we must also pledge something in return.
Pledge to keep a close watch on government, pledge to let government know what you expect, to send a dart when they begin to veer off and a bouquet when they do something right ... it's what we should be doing all the time anyway. But now it's pledge-time.
It's crisis time. Darned if I want to see George W. Bush and Prime Minister SHarper singing "When Irish Eyes Are Smiling" in Ottawa.
commentor: Ron Erwinposted: 13 Hours AgoNixon wasn't a crook. Svend Robinson is a crook.
Tell me how Nixon was a crook.
And don't even try to spew me a bunch of left wing dogma, just tell me what he stole.
I lived through his administration. It was a time when the mainstream media was in control.
Thank God now we have access to more conservative sources of information today.
Long live America.
commentor: Colinposted: 13 Hours AgoBC Mary
I get the feeling that the health-care system suffers from three things:
An aging population boom putting strains on a generally aging infrastructure and the constant introduction of new medical techniques. The shame is that the boom issue is known and could have been better planned for.
Non-core service bloating and bureaucracy that forms in all organizations and needs periodic pruning.
Deliberate mismanagement to create the atmosphere for the demand for private clinc’s to flourish.
How much of one over the other I can’t say
BTW the NDP need to update their ads for the duration of the campaign.