Is it time for Canada to abandon socialized medicine?

Maggie Reese’s account of her struggle with Bipolar Disorder in Runaway Mind is on of the most compelling and thought provoking books that I have ever read, especially with the inclusion of corresponding commentaries by those closest to her.

Of the many points that stand out in the book is Reese’s account of her time spent in hospitals and the stark contrast between the level of care she received from what I will call a general admission institution and the prestigious (and expensive at $7,000 per day) Stanford medical facility.

The difference between the two facilities are glaringly obvious with the former being more reminiscent of the hospital portrayed in the movie The Snake Pit, where staff is ill equipped to do little more than use inexplicable means of intimidation to maintain control as opposed to actually treating patients.

It is to say the least, the most telling example of getting what you pay for, which can’t help but lead one to wonder what might have happened if the general admission hospital was the best level of care Reese was able to receive?

We will be airing a special BTW! on the state of the Canadian healthcare system, and more specifically on the Province of Quebec.

While we will be citing numerous studies and reports, we will also be focusing on what can only be described as the deplorable conduct of professionals such as the Buckingham psychiatrist who in treating a patient with Bipolar Disorder used his sessions to talk about his investment group, eventually persuading her to make an investment by way of a $1,200 check.

Given the declining level of service we receive through our flagging healthcare system, one of the key questions we will ask and seek to answer is whether it is time for Canada to abandon social medicine either in part in or whole in favor of a privatized model.

Use the following link to tune in to both the LIVE and on-demand broadcast “Poor Health: How Quebec’s System Is Failing Its Citizens.”


2 Responses to “Is it time for Canada to abandon socialized medicine?”
  1. David Selden says:

    The problem is not the socialized medicine model but lack of checks and balances and poor training of both clinicians and managers. We have just as many horror stories here in the US, on both the private and public side without socialized medicine. For another good read try Mount Misery by Samuel Shem M.D. (a pseudonym). You may think he has an active imagination but the stories are all based on actual events at a very prestigious private psychiatric institution here in Massachusetts.

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