Doc's Priority – Overhaul Health Care System

The incoming president of the medical association says the current health care system is sick and needs an overhaul.

“We all agree that the system is imploding, we all agree that things are more precarious than perhaps Canadians realize,” Doig said in an interview with The Canadian Press.

“We know that there must be change,” she said. “We’re all running flat out, we’re all just trying to stay ahead of the immediate day-to-day demands.”

Canadian Press?

“Doig” would be Dr.Anne Doig, the incoming president of the Canadian Medical Association.

The pitch for change at the conference is to start with a presentation from Dr. Robert Ouellet, the current president of the CMA, who has said there’s a critical need to make Canada’s health-care system patient-centred. He will present details from his fact-finding trip to Europe in January, where he met with health groups in England, Denmark, Belgium, Netherlands and France.

Let me see if I have this right.

The current system is sick, but BEFORE proposing an overhaul they are actually studying systems in other countries.

What a novel idea.

Ouellet has been saying since his return that “a health-care revolution has passed us by,” that it’s possible to make wait lists disappear while maintaining universal coverage and “that competition should be welcomed, not feared.”

Make waiting lists disappear? That is supposed to be fantasy or lies by those who oppose . . . change . . .

And what is this competition of which he speaks?

Is this an admission that the government needs competition from the private sector in order to be competitive?

“(Canadians) have to understand that the system that we have right now – if it keeps on going without change – is not sustainable,” said Doig.

Sounds like a page out of Obama’s playbook.

Change you can believe in. Yes, you can.

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