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Just A Little Nip And Tuck

A week ago last Thursday, I visited a surgeon's office for the first time with a small complaint. After a brief examination, the doctor acknowledged that I did, in fact, need a minor bit of surgery. When I asked if it could be done the following week on Friday, he said he did not see why not, and I was in the operating room at 7:30 A.M. last Friday. Then I came across this article in the Wall Street Journal's Opinion Journal on the Canadian medical system that I found very interesting:

"Access to a waiting list is not access to health care," wrote Chief Justice Beverly McLachlin for the 4-3 Court last week. Canadians wait an average of 17.9 weeks for surgery and other therapeutic treatments, according the Vancouver-based Fraser Institute.

A good friend of mine who happens to be a doctor near Toronto indicated to me that the wait for a surgery like mine could be as long as three years in Canada!! Would the liberals in Congress be willing to wait that long for their health care? I think not... Just as Congress has the ability to opt out of Social Security and invest in the stock market for their retirement accounts, I'm sure they would make sure only the common folk would be on the socialized medicine waiting list.

Posted by Rick | June 13, 2005 02:10 PM

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