Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Durhane Wong-Rieger: Patient-centred health care — what a concept

 You remember Durhane.  She's been fighting for patient rights for years.
She's on the correct side of the debate.

Durhane Wong-Rieger: Patient-centred health care — what a concept

In 2005, the International Alliance of Patient Organizations (of which I am chair-elect) put forth a Declaration for Patient Centred Care. The CMA, to my knowledge, is the first physician group worldwide to call for a healthcare plan designed first and foremost to meet the needs of patients. As a patient advocate who has been active in healthcare reform for more than 20 years, I know there is no simple solution to providing accessible, quality, sustainable health care. But if the CMA is sincere about working in partnership with patients to pursue change that is true to the vision of patient-centred care, it is an opportunity that is definitely worth pursuing … and I hope worth our optimism.

Now, THAT would be progressive.  Of course, fake "progressive" leftists, especially pampered unionists and bureaucrats, probably won't like the idea.

Indeed. That's what we need in Canada. The socialist nature of the healthcare system, instead, is union-and-bureaucracy-centered.


If the Conservatives were to make this an agenda goal, it would be a real winner.  After all, everyone's a potential or even current patient.   How can anyone oppose putting the patient FIRST, FRONT AND CENTER?

Such a reform would save many lives.  I know this.  I see how.  I've seen precisely how the system fails the patient.

The system, while some call it the "best in the world", DOES NEED BIG-TIME REFORMING IN ORDER TO SAVE MORE LIVES!

Being the "best" doesn't mean being good enough.  If one NEEDS to become better, then one MUST become better.


Robert of Ottawa said...

Robert's Theory of HealthCare:

We can spend all our money, every last GDP cent, on health care ... and we will still get sick and die, at present.

Therefore health care has to be rationed. It can be rationed by only two mechanisms: price or queue theory.

The former is preferable as the latter requires a central organisation, and then medical treatments become a political decision, rather than a medical and economic one.

Canadian Sentinel said...

Rationing as political decision...

There's precedent.

In National Socialism, ie. as per Germany, 1930s-1940s. Think Mengele.

In Canada, under Medicare today.

In America, under Obamacare.

Nothing stopping discrimination in the rationing of healthcare... who can prove it? Would StatsCan, an organization now reasonably suspected of being national-socialist, if they knew that some groups are saved, and others are left to die, would they tell us?

Thinking about it, we know that rationing is dangerous, as a tool of ideologically-extreme and amoral regimes. It could lead to soft genocide, for example.