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  •  The singular difficulty with the Canadian (4+ / 0-)

    healthcare system -- specifically, an occasionally acute shortage of available medical care -- is 100% the responsibility of a continuous right-wing assault on the institution, which began from the moment of its enactment by Parliament and has continued unabated.

    Canada devotes about 10% of its GDP to health care. If Canada devoted 15% of GDP to health care -- still a smaller fraction than the US -- there would be no doctor shortages and no waiting lines (except for procedures of dubious usefulness to the patient, including the oft-cited coronary bypass).

    To put the torture behind us is, inevitably, to put it in front of us.

    by UntimelyRippd on Mon Apr 08, 2013 at 09:33:09 PM PDT

    •  thanks for the insight (1+ / 0-)
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      because he had a quadruple bypass.

      Nothing dubious about it.

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        the word, in English, for induction on a sample of one is "superstition".

        google abounds in serious studies that demonstrate that many, many, many bypass operations are ineffectual at best, harmful at worst. here's a quote by an author of one study, which in this case found bypass surgery to be inferior to balloon angioplasty (referred to as PCI):

        Over three years of follow-up, total medical costs for the PCI group averaged $63,896 per patient, compared with $84,364 in the CABG group. After five years, costs were $81,790 in the PCI group versus $100,522 for CABG. The five-year survival rate was 75 percent for PCI and 70 percent for CABG, although this difference in favor of PCI was not statistically significant.

        "Angioplasty maintains a significant cost advantage with no adverse impact on survival rates, even after five years," said lead author Kevin T. Stroupe, PhD, a health economist at the Hines, Ill., VA Medical Center.

        just because it may have been the best thing for one person you know does not mean it is the right thing for everyone in the US for whom it is prescribed; nor should you assume that it is impossible to discriminate between good candidates and bad candidates.

        To put the torture behind us is, inevitably, to put it in front of us.

        by UntimelyRippd on Mon Apr 08, 2013 at 10:08:39 PM PDT

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