“Ontario has taken the unprecedented step of setting up a toll-free snitch line for people to report cases of illegal private health care — and says it has triggered 35 investigations in barely a month.”
More bad news on Ontario medical services. See also “Socialised medicine: Destroying excellence and innovation” (link at foot of post). Americans beware! You could end up like this. -JG.
Don’t snitch for Dalton McGuinty
Jerry Agar: August 22nd, 2011
At a time when more Canadians are saying they don’t trust the health system to look after their needs, the Dalton McGuinty government is adopting a Soviet-style method of keeping Ontarians captive to that system.
In short, McGuinty wants people to spy on each other.
As the National Post described it, while “provincial governments across the country grapple with the thorny issue of for-profit medicine, Ontario has taken the unprecedented step of setting up a toll-free snitch line for people to report cases of illegal private health care — and says it has triggered 35 investigations in barely a month.”
Calling the police to report a robbery or the presence of a real criminal is responsible citizenship, but to inform on people meeting their most basic health needs, especially when the state itself has failed them, is appalling.
According to an Ipsos-Reid poll conducted for the Canadian Medical Association, released Monday, Canadians would rather adopt a patient charter of rights to ensure complaints go in the opposite direction — up to the government that created them.
The poll found 87% of those surveyed want a new patient charter containing a “complaint mechanism” to improve accountability, and 88% think a charter should allow citizens not receiving adequate care, “due to poor quality or unreasonable wait times” to receive it in another jurisdiction.
All McGuinty and Health Minister Deb Matthews are doing with their authoritarian, anti-freedom, nanny state interference, is continuing to make access more difficult.
Plus, the “snitch line” is creepy.
McGuinty spoke last Saturday at the Ukrainian Independence Day Festival in Etobicoke. He said all the right things about freedom from authoritarian regimes, but his actions speak louder than his words.
A famous piece of Soviet propaganda involved the story of 13-year-old Pavlik Morozov, who informed on his father’s anti-Soviet activity, proving devotion to the state trumped family love.
The story is not believed to be true by experts, but it was useful to the then Soviet government and that is how propaganda works.
McGuinty’s policy seems closer to the story of Pavlik than to what Canadians want, and certainly far from what Canada should be.
My Newstalk1010 colleague, John Tory, was interviewing a guest recently, who was explaining how a private medical clinic could take on the task of doing small jobs like a couple of stitches in a finger, relieving the more expensive hospital of the task.
The guest explained the clinic could do the job for less money, while still billing OHIP, and taking some people out of the queue in the hospital system. Public system; private solution.
The fury exhibited by callers over the fact that someone might make a profit was breath taking.
The fact money would be saved, more people helped and access improved was of no concern to these haters of profit, presumably the same people calling McGuinty’s snitch line.
Without profit, nothing happens. Nothing. No one would be employed. No taxes would be paid and no social welfare net could exist.
But I can tell you, from feedback to my own show; the hatred of success and profit is real.
Many Canadians wrongly believe only the state can deliver efficient, caring and moral service.
In fact, a system that resorts to using force to keep people in it, is a system — and a government — that has failed.
— Agar is the 9 a.m. to noon host on Newstalk 1010
See original here.
See also “Socialised medicine: Destroying excellence and innovation” (August 12th 2011) here.