The Canadian Healthcare System and Its Problems

The United States government spent $783 billion in 2006 on Medicare and Medicaid. If we went to a universal healthcare in this country, it would probably go well over a trillion dollars. And taxes would certainly increase. American’s want affordable healthcare or a universal healthcare system. This is going to be a huge debate going into the Presidential election. But, did you know that the U.S. free market system produces the most new drugs and techniques because the system provides incentives for innovation and efficiency? Did you know that under our current health system you can go to the doctor whenever you want, there is no waiting line? Well, that is not the case in Canada. Here are some criticisms of the healthcare system:

57% of Canadians reported waiting 4 weeks or more to see a specialist; 24% of Canadians waited 4 hours or more in the emergency room.

A March 2, 2004 article in the Canadian Medical Association Journal stated, “Saskatchewan is under fire for having the longest waiting time in the country for a diagnostic MRI – a whopping 22 months.”

A February 28, 2006 article in The New York Times quoted Dr. Brian Day as saying, “This is a country in which dogs can get a hip replacement in under a week and in which humans can wait two to three years.”

Canada’s shortage of medical practitioners causes problems. With 2.2 doctors per thousand population, Canada is well below the OECD average of 3.0, although its 10 nurses per thousand was slightly above the OECD average of 8.6. The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) is an international organisation of thirty countries that accept the principles of representative democracy and free market economy.

Doctors in Canada make an average of $202,000 a year (2006, before expenses). Alberta has the highest average salary of around $230,000, while Quebec has the lowest average annual salary at $165,000, creating interprovincial competition for doctors and contributing to local shortages.

In 1991, the Ontario Medical Association agreed to become a province-wide closed shop, making the OMA union a monopoly. Critics argue that this measure has restricted the supply of doctors to guarantee its members’ incomes.

According to a 2007 article, the Canadian medical profession is suffering from a brain drain. The article states, “One in nine trained-in-Canada doctors is practicing medicine in the United States. If Canadian-educated doctors who were born in the U.S. are excluded, the number is one in 12.”

A February 28, 2006 article in The New York Times stated, “Accepting money from patients for operations they would otherwise receive free of charge in a public hospital is technically prohibited in this country, even in cases where patients would wait months or even years before receiving treatment…Canada remains the only industrialized country that outlaws privately financed purchases of core medical services.”

In 2006, a Canadian court threatened to shut down one private clinic because it was planning to start accepting private payments from patients. According to The New York Times, although privately funded clinics are illegal in Canada, many clinics are opening anyway, because patients don’t like the long waiting lists in the government system.

In a 2007 interview on ABC News, Professor Regina Herzlinger of Harvard Business School said, “Many clinics all across Canada are illegal for-profit… They know they can’t get the health care they need from the legal system, so they’re complicit in creating an illegal system that’ll give them what they need.”

Sounds like they still have a lot of work. If you live in Canada and read this article please let me know if anything has changed or has gotten better, I would love the feedback.

Kevin Colby

Diamonds Make The World Go Round

Diamonds do really make the world go round, as the old saying says. When on a construction site all is on pause until the man with the diamond drill bit saws through that steel beam or whatever, nothing is going anywhere. This amazing creation from the furnaces of hell inside earth, or the lightning strikes of a benevolent and loving God. We prefer that last part much better. and if so, God surely loves parts of Australia, and a vast swath of northern Canada, up where the diminishing polar bears roam.

So as the ice melts, and the real bears starve, Canada has proudly placed a baby polar bear on the butt of each diamond, from us to you. ‘Tis true. What else can we do? What is different with the newly found diamond mines in north Canada is that God, or the fiery heat of hellish inner earth brought these diamonds to the surface in a smaller cluster size than those of Africa. There will likely be no Hope diamond from Canada, but really, who cares? For you and I and the world, the freakish fact that was soon realized about the new diamonds from Canada.

That is, when the Canadian diamonds are dug out, they tend to fall apart into almost ring size perfection. And this cuts down waste and valuable time of diamond cutters who do their best to cut down a too large diamond and break it correctly. Many a slip betwix the blade and the diamond has occurred, raising the net costs of diamonds to us. And what is more, the reducing supply of world diamonds had led to much illicit blood diamond trade from Angola, where each area warlord has laid land mines to protect his diamond turf, causing mutilation and death to farmers and travelers.

Until humanity and civilized order prevail, those are what are called blood diamonds, and men in alley ways in Antwerp still exchange diamonds for guns and blood. Not so in Australia or Canada. In the frozen rocky northern Canada, any skulker would stand out, and Sergeant Preston of the Mounties would soon have him cornered, faithful sled dogs chewing at his legs.We can’t remember who the police of Australia, but he would be just as efficient and also get his skulking man. Down there, it would be in fiery heat, so no sled dogs, perhaps a kangaroo.

Kangaroos apparently box with their feet. So kit bag, billabong, off to jail we’ll go waltzing, Matilda. Sled dogs and a boomerang will do it right for us. Not a land mine in the land. Nicer diamonds, no blood. Just two bad boomers in jail, one too hot, one too cold. We make him run to the outhouse when it hits 50 below. No land mines, but there is still an occasional live polar bear out there. And they are quite hungry. Now that would be nature’s way of revenge about blood diamonds. Send that blood dictator Mugabe guy up here, he could feed a mother polar bear and her cub for a week. Finally serve the dear mother earth in a worthy way.

But a final comment on these new Canadian smaller less expensive diamonds more easily on the net. I have four grown daughters, each of whom took the usual, figure skating, horse back riding, Irish or Scottish folk dance. And we spent many hours in stores for fancy costumes, which usually involved sequins and fancy elegance. Either mom would have, or not, the time to add extras to the costume before the big performance. And what occurs to me was that was twenty years too late to now, where net sites for diamonds now have sections on “loose diamonds”.

Loose diamonds are those too small for rings or other jewelry, other than as backdrop for a central larger diamond, gemstone, ruby or a family heirloom. But for a family now, it would be affordable to be that person with a small bag of loose diamonds, so sew on, or have the shop sew in, these “sequins” to your angels elegant winning show piece to her winning ways. And that thought makes me smile, how decency and humanity can prevail. The size of the diamond determines it’s price per ounce, and the little ones are on the bargain table on many sites.

Not on the downtown jewelry store counter, not yet by a far measure. But you can sit back at home, skip the traffic accident, make a cup of tea. Settle down and gaze around on your net. You can fairly bet, are trusted polar bear and kangaroo diamonds, at all range of lower prices. Bid low, they are for you.

Derek Dashwood enjoys noticing positive ways we progress, the combining of science into the humanities to measure politics and use and wise use of power Loose Diamonds

US Immigration Visa Lawyer – New Reforms?

As a US Immigration Visa Lawyer, I have come to believe this country desperately needs new US immigration reforms. I formed this belief a long time before our Congress began its immigration debates.

In my work, I had come to see many faults of our current policies. Particularly, there are some injustices that “go on” in today’s system.

What are they?

People who should stay are being deported. People who should leave USA are staying regardless of their current immigration status.

All immigration policies have to be based on one principle. People who contribute to USA’s economy the most should always be allowed to stay. People who create more problems by committing crimes, for instance, should be deported.

It is a very simple principle that will work. By the way, when I talk about contribution to US economy, I do not mean only contribution from professional people. That is, people with degrees who have some specialized body of knowledge.

You can contribute to this economy by cleaning toilets or doing a farm work. After all, America needs people who clean toilets, move furniture, and do babysitting. In many cases, American people do not want these jobs anyway. Why not let the foreigners do them? Someone has to fill these positions too.

We can regulate our immigration more if we allow people to fill these positions legally.

We should also implement many Canadian policies. In terms of its resources, USA tends to be more wealthy than Canada. However, people tend to be more happy and satisfied with the direction in which Canadian government is leading them.

For instance, you do not see too many homeless people there. You do not see many unemployed people. You do not see too many people using its welfare system. Here, we have a riot for public benefits. It is because Canada has “smart” immigration policies in place. These policies obviously do work. Otherwise, the country would have been a “mess” by now.

How does Canada deal with its unwanted immigrants?

They are usually deported immediately. When there are legal battles to withhold a removal proceeding, some of these unwanted immigrants are granted “no status.” It means these immigrants can stay in Canada. However, they do not have any rights. Many “no status” immigrants are living in Toronto, Ontario. In many cases, these people can only live where there is a decent chance of getting a job.

Also, they live within their own ethnic communities. Much like some employers in USA, some Canadian employers are still hiring “no status” immigrants. Life is not easy for them. However, Canada has to look after its own welfare first before it can allow many foreigners to stay permanently.

Again, if we do not know what immigration policies we need to adopt, we must look at Canada or Sweden. We would have been better off than we are now if we did so a long time ago.

All our immigration problems stem from being in denial. For years, our society refused to acknowledge we have immigration problems. What is worse is we were not willing to do anything about them. In the mean time, these problems “grow” and “develop.”

It is still possible to correct our US immigration system. We must look at our neighboor for help now!

Mark Clay, Esq., is a US immigration lawyer for Online International Service ( The leader in online US immigration legal services.