Healthcare: Food for Thought

Hey readers, this is going to be a pretty informal post.  I just wanted to share an interesting story.  So I fell on some black ice last night in my driveway and badly sprained my ankle (almost broke it).  I went to the doctor today and had it checked out.  She gave me the option of having an x-ray but told me I only had about a 1/1000 chance of it being fractured at all and it definitely wasn’t broken.  I opted out but here’s where things got interesting.  She told me that if we were in Canada, where the government controls healthcare and was part of the model for Obamacare, I would not have been given this option.  In fact, I would have been REFUSED an x-ray if I had wanted one.  The reason why is because I could still walk on it and, under their socialized plan, my need would not be severe enough for the government to have paid for the procedure.  Because I have my own health plan, I could have easily opted to have the x-ray taken.

People, this is why Obamacare is wrong for America.  This is what conservatives mean when they warn about rationed care.  If we were under a socialized plan, the government, not me or my doctor, would have made that decision for me and I would have had no way of combating it.  Just wanted to share this with all of my readers.

Also, watch out for ice.

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5 Responses to “Healthcare: Food for Thought”


  1. 1 Shay February 1, 2010 at 7:29 pm

    This is quite simply not true. I lived in Canada for 10 years. I injured my shoulder and the doctor diagnosed it as a minor sprain. I was, in fact, given the option for an x-ray and it was recommended, even though it was a low risk and not severe at all. And it’s not the first time I’ve been told incorrect facts about Canadian healthcare by American doctors.

  2. 2 freedomwatchnews February 1, 2010 at 8:54 pm

    I’m glad your injury turned out okay, but this is not the first I’ve heard of such news about socialized medicine. It’s a simple matter of basic economics. If everyone’s healthcare is derived from the same pot (the government) then that resource MUST be rationed in some way. Also, a lack of competition (the driving force of any good economy) would lead to much higher premiums and lower quality of care. It’s the fundamentals of economics. If an entity has nothing it has to compete with then it has no initiative to innovate. This causes the market to stagnate and nothing ever improves.

  3. 3 Noah February 2, 2010 at 3:06 am

    How would your doctor know what might happen in a Canadian hospital? Its speculation obviously influenced by political affiliation. As Shay demonstrates here, the VAST majority of citizens in nations that have socialized medicine are very happy with what they get. Of course Fox News has found a few horror stories to scare folks, but we could do the same here in the United States.

    Your theory of ‘basic economics’ is not reality, Joe. The fact is that socialized medicine is working in industrialized nations around the world very very well. Yes, it is expensive and yes it takes a citizenry that is willing to invest in its health. Like education this is vital to any successful society and we are falling behind quickly. Our healthcare costs are some of the highest in the world and we are less healthy as a result. These fabricated economic theories that speculate doomsday results, are simply not accurate when you just take a look at the models working around the world.

    • 4 freedomwatchnews February 2, 2010 at 5:01 am

      I will say that our health care costs being high (which I don’t believe they are higher than everyone else’s) has a correlation to our being less healthy. We are unhealthy because we tend to be gluttonous and lazy. Also, Shay does not represent a VAST number of Canadian citizens. I’ve read plenty of accounts from Canadians on how they hate their health care system. Also, I’ve said a thousand times that I DO think our system needs revamping, just not a socialized system.

  4. 5 Shay February 4, 2010 at 6:20 am

    Just as a side argument, I’ll agree that, yes, some Canadians don’t like our system. But reading accounts of it isn’t an accurate representation. In most cases, happy people won’t say a word, while it’s the unhappy ones that make a vocal complaint. Quite honestly for every one complaint you read there are probably 400 people who are happy and non-vocal.

    So, while I don’t represent a VAST number of Canadian citizens, neither does reading ‘plenty’ of accounts of those that hate our system.


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