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Canada uses outdated treatments because newer ones are costly?

Canada slow to adopt new medical technologies
CALGARY – Canada is slow to adopt the latest medical technologies, forcing Canadian patients to rely on old and often outdated medical equipment for treatment, says a new study from the Fraser Institute, an independent research organization.

“Lack of access to cutting-edge medical technology has significant consequences; the most obvious is that a patient’s survival or return to full health is compromised because of a later or less sophisticated diagnosis and more invasive treatment,” said Nadeem Esmail, Director of Health System Performance Studies at The Fraser Institute and co-author of Medical Technology in Canada.

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Asked by tnmomofive at 10:52 AM on Aug. 4, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

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  • tnmomofive

    Answer by tnmomofive at 10:53 AM on Aug. 4, 2009

  • So is this what you want? Besides the fact that our government wants to ration care.I mean the baby boomers are begining to place a burden on medicare.So rather then extend their lives with expensive healthcare government bureaucrats will just deny them care and let them die.

    Answer by tnmomofive at 10:56 AM on Aug. 4, 2009

  • It's a double bonus for them. No Medicare AND no collecting Social Security. Never mind that it's your own money you were forced to pay in. The government spent the money and there aren't enough new payers to keep the pyramid scheme going so if they kill off the older folks there's no payments to be made. The whole package is a win-win for the government.

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:58 AM on Aug. 4, 2009

  • I just want to know WHICH plan everyone is backing. There are maybe 5 on the table right now? People keep saying, oh it says this, no it doesn't say that. . . Which one are they even talking about?

    Answer by lovinangels at 11:08 AM on Aug. 4, 2009

  • Why do those who are all for socialized medicine INSIST that those of against it are NOT for any reform? That is untrue we are for reform just not like this!

    Answer by tnmomofive at 11:12 AM on Aug. 4, 2009

  • My last post might seem odd only because the responder that was above me deleted their post.

    Answer by tnmomofive at 11:14 AM on Aug. 4, 2009

  • The lack of cutting-edge technology also allows us to watch the worldwide results of treatments before adopting the use, so we have a fraction of the medical errors caused by poorly-tested technologies and get to benefit from lower prices when buying.

    Whlie it might sound like rationing to someone used to paying $14k to have a baby without surgery, the system treats the elderly (including hip replacements in 90yos) more respectfully and far more generously then where the for-profit insurance companies can decide they're not going to pay for that. Canada has very few bankrupcies caused by medical bills.

    Our whole family pays $90/month for healthcare, and we pick any doctor we want. The poor pay nothing.

    Canada doesn't have or need 'free clinics' or 'charity hospitals' for the millions of uninsured people who have no alternatives. Which looks '3rd world' from here: rich have it all, everyone else can whistle for it.

    Answer by LindaClement at 11:20 AM on Aug. 4, 2009

  • The elderly will not be denied services as they are a protected group-that should anger those here who deplore PC correctness.

    More likely the costs will passed along to families and the middle class via higher premiums and co-pays.
    Again, the sky is falling and fear mongering. The system we have now works if you have boatloads of money and lots of time for the endless paper and detective work. However, once you have a major illness you're screwed-that million $$$ will be gone in the bat of an eye, and then what are your choices? I moved to a HSA 3 years ago with a high OOPD, and guess what, my son has had an injury requiring hospital &/or OR services each and every year. Yes, a gamble but at least the lifetime cap is increased, the money is pretax and reclaimable if not exhausted-
    Bottom line-health care is a business-a big one.

    Answer by Sisteract at 11:22 AM on Aug. 4, 2009

  • Sure it is but if we move to socialized alot of the incentive for people to actually become doctors will be gone.We will have doctors who are not even very well educated.As for fear mongering nah don't think so I do not buy everything that comes out of this admins mouth.I read between the lines and this will phase out private insurance.Reform tort reform would be a good start but not this mess.As for personal stories of Canada I could throw out many to the contrary

    Answer by tnmomofive at 11:31 AM on Aug. 4, 2009

  • tnmomofive

    Answer by tnmomofive at 11:35 AM on Aug. 4, 2009

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