Note: Murphy's Law was at play. I arrived at the Clinic to find it "should" be closed, but for whatever reason they stayed open an extra hour and I arrived 5 minutes before closing. The place was empty and I was ushered right in. I got the prescription and it was just under $25. Go figure!
Wealth having benefits (in this context) sounds the same as saying wealth equals individual worth. How many wealthy people pay little or no taxes? Many wealthy people employ accountants that are well versed in tax avoidance. Do they deserve any access to health care?
If our tax contributions decide our fate in the medical system, then maybe we need to petition the government to allow us to over-contribute to our taxes; directly to health care.
I agree that the system is not working as it should, but I don't agree that private clinics are the solution. They will erode the public system further. Sports stars bypassing lines and getting the fastest access to procedures is a good example of a two-tiered approach.
The key in my perspective is that if we believe in the individual, and that we are all valuable, then we believe that we all deserve to be cared for in a timely manner. A hockey player doesn't contribute nearly as much to the society as a good cook, an honest cop, or a stay-at-home mom. He should not be able to jump the line anymore than the others... just because of cash.
If he want's to jump the line, then he should pay (contribute) into the system so that the line moves faster for all.
Still disagree. Not with the worth of an individual, but with wealth having benefits. Also, think of this: don't rich people also pay more taxes, which means they contribute more to the health-care system than others? If they're paying more into a system that they won't use if they go to a private clinic, I say let them. I do agree that the underlying problem is the government: everybody has a right to efficient, quality healthcare. However, they are not providing that, so I am not going to get upset when people who can afford it set up their own clinics. This is nothing new...sports stars have been getting this kind of treatment for decades.
In some context I can agree with your perspective, however, there's a more profound effect than merely giving the rich better toys.
The question is not whether money can buy you more or better things, it's how far are we willing to let that go? Does the financial status of any one person reflect their contribution to society? Does the fact that you earn more than I do mean you're worth more to society than I am?
If money should be the deciding factor on whether or not a person should be treated fairly, quickly, and with dignity by their own health care system then I would believe the problem is far deeper than the superficial ranking of economics.
In no way do I believe that wealth should determine your access to quality health care. We are not a true capitalist country any more than we are a true democracy. We are a country that mixes our politics, trying to balance our social beliefs with our capitalist desires. Allowing wealth to determine access to health care is akin to saying that your value to society is determined by your finances.
So what of all the people on the country that turn down the high paying jobs to focus on their time with their family? What value does the family unit bring to society? Is it better for the country if both parents are working full time at high-paying jobs while the kids come home from school and spend the next 3-5hrs on their own?
The simplistic view that having money means you are more valueable is what incenses the working poor and the lower middle class. We are all valuable in our society. Capitalism does not provide a healthy environment for the growth of families and family values.
The private health care system is a huge step in the wrong direction. I beleive it's within our ability to reign in the incredible cost of health care and provide a quick, effective and careing environment for all Canadians, rich or poor.
Although this particular emergency room is now public, I had no problem with it being private. It took nothing away from the rest of the population, and if anything, got other people out of the overburdened public emergency rooms. If the government isn't going to step up and implement better health care, it just makes sense that those who can afford it would pay for better service. Complaining about this seems to me the equivalent of people complaining about rich people's fancy cars and houses...Nobody said rich people are better, but they can afford better things; it's just part of our capitalistic economy...If we wanted to get rid of ecomonic disparities and the privaleges that come with wealth, we would also eliminate the desire to excel.
Mike, you've been in my thoughts a pile the last couple of weeks. This blog was beautifully written, and although I met your dad only a couple of times, I think that your blog is a fitting tribute. I got your message a couple of days ago, but have been slammed with recording a video...I'll call today...
my fiance , and me are homless . We are in illinois , and moving to texas to start a better life . I am trying to get help to find a shelter or a place i can stay untill i get back on my feet . If you can help god bless you ,and have a great holliday.
Seems that Kim Jong-Il has upped the stakes in very simple terms. Any further sanctions will be considered an act of war.
They showed a rare newscast of Pyongyang on CBC news last night. In that report, the military is well funded and well fed at the expense of citizens. Very few people would speak with the reporter, but the footage they presented showed a country that's incredibly patriotic and terrifyingly supportive of their leader.
The most interesting tidbit seemed to be from their national library, where a staff member claimed that access to the internet is coming in the near future.
Thanks. If I were to give advice on finding the right person... I suppose my first suggestion would be "don't go looking for someone". Probably a subject better left up to a proven matchmaker which I am definitely not!
That was one of the most heartfelt and well-written blog posts I've ever read. In fact, it made me question my chosen path and lack of wisdom. It's odd how you have to be 'ready to see it.' Yes, I imagine there is somewhat of a twilight zone between 30 & 40. I guess the other challenge is finding the right person to grow a family with. That's not the kind of thing you want to 'settle' on. Any advice on that?
While that action may result in the removal of formal government recognized marriages, there would remain those whom believe in the ritual and adhere to their beliefs. The biggest problem is that if the government chose not to recognize and support marriage, the already damaged family unit would suffer.
Using that thought process, we know that smoking causes serious health issues in a large number of smokers. Taxpayers must foot the bill for the research, technologies and hospitals to deal with their health problems. Let's abolish smoking.
We all know that drinking and driving kills a lot of innocent people tragically and unneccessarily. Perhaps we should bring back prohibition?
Further to that, car accidents claim lives and maim people every day. They also cause huge amounts of pollution and expense. Outlaw cars and the streets would be safer, the air cleaner.
I believe the best answer is to abolish marriage. If no person was given special privilege for marriage there would not be the problem of multiple marriages, or gay marriage. People who choose to have same sex partners, or multiple partners, would not be any different than many people in our society now. We can do as we wish with our partners outside the confines of marriage, so if there was no marriage there would be no laws to prosecute those who stray from a "righteous path."
In our world, there just doesn't seem to be enough thorough discussion or consideration of ourselves and our societies. We all seem to want to blame anyone else but ourselves for the problems we face in our lives. We suffer from a lack of responsibility for how we effect the world around us. So, in an attempt to grow spiritually, I find myself searching for answers to many questions, and generally being dissatisfied with the answers provided by church, state and even friends and families.