Wednesday, September 20, 2006

The Mission of the New (tm) CMA

Here's hoping Brian Day, the new head of the CMA, gets his way. No relation to Stockboy BTW.

"WASHINGTON - The United States spends far more on health care" than any other country but gets only mediocre care in return for its investment, according to a report released Wednesday.

That's what Canada needs.

Better health care.

Better for doctors.

Here's how the Vancouver Sun covered him today.

"In his first public appearance in B.C. since being voted president-elect of the Canadian Medical Association, private medicine maverick Dr. Brian Day demonstrated how much he wants to shed his Dr. Profit persona.

Since being elected in a controversial voting process last month, Day has reiterated in media interviews that he thinks it's unfair to portray him as the medicare bogeyman...snip... Day even went so far as to criticize St. Paul's Hospital for accepting payment and allowing private use of its imaging equipment in the middle of the day...snip...

"I don't have anything against it philosophically," Day said...snip..."but if they've got a time slot in the middle of the day that's open, then it should be offered to someone on their own wait list," Day said." (emphasis mine)

Useful insertion of that "but" in the middle of his flaccid disclaimer.

I lived through the doctor's strike in Saskatchewan in '65. A couple friends of my family didn't because they couldn't get care.

I have no doubt in my mind - none, zero, zip, zilch, nada - that such a thing could happen again.

Is Day the stalking horse?

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