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    Life expectancy, infant mortality, access and cost are all perfectly valid criteria for assessing health care systems.

    That you might disagree with the results is not the fault of the criteria themselves.

    The methodology is another matter.

     

     
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    Your post is meaningless unless you are prepared to post the same numbers with regards to the US.

    Either way..it's difficult to overcome the US' low ranking among industrialized nations. No doubt our quality and research is near the top...but without access it is meaningless.

     



    Costa Rica has a better ranking than US. You telling me Costa Rica has better health care than the US? That tells me all I need to know about how the ranking works.

     

     




    If they have a better ranking it's because they have better overall outcomes for the entire population. I am sure their research and treatment is not as sophisticated as ours..but clearly what they are doing works for them. The same cannot be said for us.

     

    Outside of the state of MA..there are plenty of people who don't have access to quality healthcare...only to emergency or urgent care..when outcomes are less likely to be successful.

    Many lower working class people do not have access to the kind of preventative care that improves overall outcomes in everyone. 

    In Ma the numbers are somewhat lower because there is healthcare reform...but even then..there are exceptions. I know a woman who works at my hairdressers. She opted to pay the fine because she couldn't afford health insurance..made too much to qualify for any assistance..but not enough to be able to afford to pay for health insurance, food, housing, etc.  She never went to the doctors because she couldn't afford to pay out of pocket either. Then..she started having a lot of pains and her health deteriorated. She wound up in a hospital emergency room where she was diagnosed with kidney cancer. The cancer had spread to her bones..so her outcome is not going to be a good one. Sadly..stories like this one happen across the country daily. Hardworking people who just can't afford the cost of our healthcare and therefore don't seek treatment until it's too late.

     




     

    Yes what they ARE doing does work. Which is not having a McDonald's on every other corner for starters. They also don't have the stress level the US has. They walk while we drive, and on and on.

    It's unfortunate about the hairdresser not being able to have preventitive care. Reminds me  of the millions who DO have ability for preventive care yet don't utilize it. Point? We can have all the access we want but if you don't access it what good is it. Guys in particular don't go to doctors on regular basis. My dad being one of them. He had great access but didn't uilize it until it was too late.

    We need to change our culture here. We need to stop being glutonous lazy slobs and get away from this macho thing about not going to doctors. We change our culture and start living healthier and we'll see our costs come down. Until that happens our cost will continue to skyrocket.

     

     




    I agree that there are a lot of things individuals can do to improve their health status which is one of the reasons I support the so called "sin taxes". Of course..not every disease or illness can be traced to lifestyle decisions. Some are just bad luck..or hereditary...or environmental.

     

    In the case of the woman who worked at my hairdresser..it was cheaper for her to pay the "tax" than it was to pay for a basic health insurance policy which provided very little coverage anyhow.

    To me..we have it backwards in this country. Emergency care is universally available..but preventative care is not..when it's the preventative care that will save us the most money in the long run. Preventing someone from developing diabetes is a lot cheaper than treating it once they have it.

     
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    Your post is meaningless unless you are prepared to post the same numbers with regards to the US.

    Either way..it's difficult to overcome the US' low ranking among industrialized nations. No doubt our quality and research is near the top...but without access it is meaningless.

     



    Costa Rica has a better ranking than US. You telling me Costa Rica has better health care than the US? That tells me all I need to know about how the ranking works.

     

     




    If they have a better ranking it's because they have better overall outcomes for the entire population. I am sure their research and treatment is not as sophisticated as ours..but clearly what they are doing works for them. The same cannot be said for us.

     

    Outside of the state of MA..there are plenty of people who don't have access to quality healthcare...only to emergency or urgent care..when outcomes are less likely to be successful.

    Many lower working class people do not have access to the kind of preventative care that improves overall outcomes in everyone. 

    In Ma the numbers are somewhat lower because there is healthcare reform...but even then..there are exceptions. I know a woman who works at my hairdressers. She opted to pay the fine because she couldn't afford health insurance..made too much to qualify for any assistance..but not enough to be able to afford to pay for health insurance, food, housing, etc.  She never went to the doctors because she couldn't afford to pay out of pocket either. Then..she started having a lot of pains and her health deteriorated. She wound up in a hospital emergency room where she was diagnosed with kidney cancer. The cancer had spread to her bones..so her outcome is not going to be a good one. Sadly..stories like this one happen across the country daily. Hardworking people who just can't afford the cost of our healthcare and therefore don't seek treatment until it's too late.

     




     

    Yes what they ARE doing does work. Which is not having a McDonald's on every other corner for starters. They also don't have the stress level the US has. They walk while we drive, and on and on.

    It's unfortunate about the hairdresser not being able to have preventitive care. Reminds me  of the millions who DO have ability for preventive care yet don't utilize it. Point? We can have all the access we want but if you don't access it what good is it. Guys in particular don't go to doctors on regular basis. My dad being one of them. He had great access but didn't uilize it until it was too late.

    We need to change our culture here. We need to stop being glutonous lazy slobs and get away from this macho thing about not going to doctors. We change our culture and start living healthier and we'll see our costs come down. Until that happens our cost will continue to skyrocket.

     

     




    I agree that there are a lot of things individuals can do to improve their health status which is one of the reasons I support the so called "sin taxes". Of course..not every disease or illness can be traced to lifestyle decisions. Some are just bad luck..or hereditary...or environmental.

     

    In the case of the woman who worked at my hairdresser..it was cheaper for her to pay the "tax" than it was to pay for a basic health insurance policy which provided very little coverage anyhow.

    To me..we have it backwards in this country. Emergency care is universally available..but preventative care is not..when it's the preventative care that will save us the most money in the long run. Preventing someone from developing diabetes is a lot cheaper than treating it once they have it.




    Lifestyle decsions?  Somehow I bet you have no problem with certain lifestyle decsison that lead to illness and death, and are willing to come down heavy on others.

     
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    Your post is meaningless unless you are prepared to post the same numbers with regards to the US.

    Either way..it's difficult to overcome the US' low ranking among industrialized nations. No doubt our quality and research is near the top...but without access it is meaningless.

     



    Costa Rica has a better ranking than US. You telling me Costa Rica has better health care than the US? That tells me all I need to know about how the ranking works.

     

     




    If they have a better ranking it's because they have better overall outcomes for the entire population. I am sure their research and treatment is not as sophisticated as ours..but clearly what they are doing works for them. The same cannot be said for us.

     

    Outside of the state of MA..there are plenty of people who don't have access to quality healthcare...only to emergency or urgent care..when outcomes are less likely to be successful.

    Many lower working class people do not have access to the kind of preventative care that improves overall outcomes in everyone. 

    In Ma the numbers are somewhat lower because there is healthcare reform...but even then..there are exceptions. I know a woman who works at my hairdressers. She opted to pay the fine because she couldn't afford health insurance..made too much to qualify for any assistance..but not enough to be able to afford to pay for health insurance, food, housing, etc.  She never went to the doctors because she couldn't afford to pay out of pocket either. Then..she started having a lot of pains and her health deteriorated. She wound up in a hospital emergency room where she was diagnosed with kidney cancer. The cancer had spread to her bones..so her outcome is not going to be a good one. Sadly..stories like this one happen across the country daily. Hardworking people who just can't afford the cost of our healthcare and therefore don't seek treatment until it's too late.

     




     

    Yes what they ARE doing does work. Which is not having a McDonald's on every other corner for starters. They also don't have the stress level the US has. They walk while we drive, and on and on.

    It's unfortunate about the hairdresser not being able to have preventitive care. Reminds me  of the millions who DO have ability for preventive care yet don't utilize it. Point? We can have all the access we want but if you don't access it what good is it. Guys in particular don't go to doctors on regular basis. My dad being one of them. He had great access but didn't uilize it until it was too late.

    We need to change our culture here. We need to stop being glutonous lazy slobs and get away from this macho thing about not going to doctors. We change our culture and start living healthier and we'll see our costs come down. Until that happens our cost will continue to skyrocket.

     

     




    I agree that there are a lot of things individuals can do to improve their health status which is one of the reasons I support the so called "sin taxes". Of course..not every disease or illness can be traced to lifestyle decisions. Some are just bad luck..or hereditary...or environmental.

     

    In the case of the woman who worked at my hairdresser..it was cheaper for her to pay the "tax" than it was to pay for a basic health insurance policy which provided very little coverage anyhow.

    To me..we have it backwards in this country. Emergency care is universally available..but preventative care is not..when it's the preventative care that will save us the most money in the long run. Preventing someone from developing diabetes is a lot cheaper than treating it once they have it.

     




    Lifestyle decsions?  Somehow I bet you have no problem with certain lifestyle decsison that lead to illness and death, and are willing to come down heavy on others.

     




    What are you babbling about..?

     
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    We have THE BEST, hospitals, doctors, nurses, medical specialist and medical technology in the world right here in Boston (the previous statement is an indisputable fact).....I would pay anything to keep it and trade nothing in exchange for it.....we are very lucky.....

     
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    I wonder if the hundreds of wealthy people, athletes, kings queens and politicians from all around the world who come to Mass General, the Brigham and Childrens Hospital each year know that Costa Rica has better healthcare???

     
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    Your post is meaningless unless you are prepared to post the same numbers with regards to the US.

    Either way..it's difficult to overcome the US' low ranking among industrialized nations. No doubt our quality and research is near the top...but without access it is meaningless.

     



    Costa Rica has a better ranking than US. You telling me Costa Rica has better health care than the US? That tells me all I need to know about how the ranking works.

     

     




    If they have a better ranking it's because they have better overall outcomes for the entire population. I am sure their research and treatment is not as sophisticated as ours..but clearly what they are doing works for them. The same cannot be said for us.

     

    Outside of the state of MA..there are plenty of people who don't have access to quality healthcare...only to emergency or urgent care..when outcomes are less likely to be successful.

    Many lower working class people do not have access to the kind of preventative care that improves overall outcomes in everyone. 

    In Ma the numbers are somewhat lower because there is healthcare reform...but even then..there are exceptions. I know a woman who works at my hairdressers. She opted to pay the fine because she couldn't afford health insurance..made too much to qualify for any assistance..but not enough to be able to afford to pay for health insurance, food, housing, etc.  She never went to the doctors because she couldn't afford to pay out of pocket either. Then..she started having a lot of pains and her health deteriorated. She wound up in a hospital emergency room where she was diagnosed with kidney cancer. The cancer had spread to her bones..so her outcome is not going to be a good one. Sadly..stories like this one happen across the country daily. Hardworking people who just can't afford the cost of our healthcare and therefore don't seek treatment until it's too late.

     




     

    Yes what they ARE doing does work. Which is not having a McDonald's on every other corner for starters. They also don't have the stress level the US has. They walk while we drive, and on and on.

    It's unfortunate about the hairdresser not being able to have preventitive care. Reminds me  of the millions who DO have ability for preventive care yet don't utilize it. Point? We can have all the access we want but if you don't access it what good is it. Guys in particular don't go to doctors on regular basis. My dad being one of them. He had great access but didn't uilize it until it was too late.

    We need to change our culture here. We need to stop being glutonous lazy slobs and get away from this macho thing about not going to doctors. We change our culture and start living healthier and we'll see our costs come down. Until that happens our cost will continue to skyrocket.

     

     




    I agree that there are a lot of things individuals can do to improve their health status which is one of the reasons I support the so called "sin taxes". Of course..not every disease or illness can be traced to lifestyle decisions. Some are just bad luck..or hereditary...or environmental.

     

    In the case of the woman who worked at my hairdresser..it was cheaper for her to pay the "tax" than it was to pay for a basic health insurance policy which provided very little coverage anyhow.

    To me..we have it backwards in this country. Emergency care is universally available..but preventative care is not..when it's the preventative care that will save us the most money in the long run. Preventing someone from developing diabetes is a lot cheaper than treating it once they have it.

     




    Lifestyle decsions?  Somehow I bet you have no problem with certain lifestyle decsison that lead to illness and death, and are willing to come down heavy on others.

     

     




    What are you babbling about..?

     



    He's talking about gay people...."wrong as cancer".

     
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    In response to tvoter's comment:

    The Canadian study concluded:

    o As many as 24,000 patients die each year due to "adverse events" (doctors code words for a medical mistake).

    o 87,500 patients admitted annually to Canadian acute care hospitals experience an adverse event.

    o 1 in 13 adult patients admitted to a Canadian hospital encounter an adverse event.

    o 1 in 19 adults will potentially be given the wrong medication or wrong medication dosage.

    o 37% of adverse events are "highly" preventable.

    o 24% of preventable adverse events are related to medication error.

    A report by the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) indicated that nearly one quarter of Canadian adults (5.2 million people) reported that they, or a member of their family, had experienced a "preventable adverse event" (medical error).

    Are Canadian Medical Malpractice Claims Different Than in the U. S.?

    In a word; yes.

    Lot's of people have read about large jury awards for personal injury claims in the United States. Sometimes the American jury awards seem to be out of proportion to the injury.

    In Canada, court awards are much lower than awards for similar injuries from courts in the United States. Cases that might be successful in the U.S. are simply not economically feasible to pursue in Canada.

    For example, the province of Nova Scotia also has some of the most conservative (lowest) awards in Canada for compensation for personal injury claims.

    Role of the C.M.P.A.:

    In Canada, most doctors are defended by a single organization, the Canadian Medical Protection Association (the C.M.P.A.).

    According to a recent annual report, the C.M.P.A. has two point nine (2.9) BILLION DOLLARS in assets (money in the bank). The C.M.P.A. is able to use this money to hire the best experts and lawyers money can buy.

    Many victims of serious medical errors cannot work, or have huge expenses for ongoing rehabilitation or medical care.

    Against such overwhelming financial odds, Canadian victims of medical malpractice face an almost insurmountable challenge to obtain justice and fair compensation for their injuries.

    Remember the Canadian Medical Association Journal study that determined that over 87,000 patients in Canada suffer an adverse event and as many as 24,000 people die each year due to medical errors? That's more than 100,000 potential malpractice claims in Canada every year!

    But between 2002 and 2006 the C.M.P.A. reports only 5246 lawsuits were filed against doctors in Canada: only about a 1000 claims per year.

    In other words, out of 100,000 potential claims 99% of potential medical malpractice victims never even filed a claim!

    The C.M.P.A. reports it's success rate in defending claims brought against doctors. More than 3800 of the 5000 claims were dismissed or abandoned because the victim or his or her family quit or ran out of money, or died before trial.

    Some Frightening Statistics:

    o The C.M.P.A. settled only 229 claims out of court (usually after several years of litigation and just before trial).

    o Of the 577 cases that went to trial only 121 resulted in a verdict for the Plaintiff victim. In other words, only twenty percent (20%) of medical malpractice plaintiffs actually won their trial.

    o For the few victims who won at trial, the median damage award was only $95,500.00.

    o In 2006 the C.M.P.A. spent 72 million dollars on legal fees to defend doctors across Canada.

    o Of more than 5000 lawsuits filed against doctors, only two percent (2%) resulted in trial verdicts for the victim.

    In other words, 98% of Canadian medical malpractice victims never receive a penny in compensation!

    The odds against medical malpractice victims are almost overwhelming. If you think you or a family member has suffered an injury or loss as a result of medical malpractice it is critical to get proper advice. An experienced medical malpractice lawyer can tell you if you have a potential claim and can advise you what you need to prove to have the best chance of winning your case.

    John McKiggan is a medical malpractice lawyer from Halifax, Nova Scotia and a founding partner in the law firm Arnold Pizzo McKiggan. Mr. McKiggan has been representing victims of medical malpractice for 18 years.



    Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/1192041




    I'll take the Canadian system over ours anytime.

     
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    In response to macnh1's comment:

    I wonder if the hundreds of wealthy people, athletes, kings queens and politicians from all around the world who come to Mass General, the Brigham and Childrens Hospital each year know that Costa Rica has better healthcare???



    The wealthy people that come here are getting quality healthcare that average Americans don't have access to. At least Costa Rica cares about its people.

     
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    I wonder if the hundreds of wealthy people, athletes, kings queens and politicians from all around the world who come to Mass General, the Brigham and Childrens Hospital each year know that Costa Rica has better healthcare???

     



    The wealthy people that come here are getting quality healthcare that average Americans don't have access to. At least Costa Rica cares about its people.

     




    Bingo Al...! People are getting confused between treatment and health care..and health care and health care system. The wonderful treatment at Mass General, Brighams, etc.. are meaningless to American citizens who cannot afford to access it.

     
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    In response to miscricket's comment:

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    I wonder if the hundreds of wealthy people, athletes, kings queens and politicians from all around the world who come to Mass General, the Brigham and Childrens Hospital each year know that Costa Rica has better healthcare???

     



    The wealthy people that come here are getting quality healthcare that average Americans don't have access to. At least Costa Rica cares about its people.

     

     




    Bingo Al...! People are getting confused between treatment and health care..and health care and health care system. The wonderful treatment at Mass General, Brighams, etc.. are meaningless to American citizens who cannot afford to access it.

     



    But who cares? If one can honestly look back and realize that everything happened for a reason. Everything that fell apart has fallen back into place tragically and desperately as no one cares.


     

     
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    In response to AlleyCatBruin's comment:

    In response to tvoter's comment:

     

    The Canadian study concluded:

    o As many as 24,000 patients die each year due to "adverse events" (doctors code words for a medical mistake).

    o 87,500 patients admitted annually to Canadian acute care hospitals experience an adverse event.

    o 1 in 13 adult patients admitted to a Canadian hospital encounter an adverse event.

    o 1 in 19 adults will potentially be given the wrong medication or wrong medication dosage.

    o 37% of adverse events are "highly" preventable.

    o 24% of preventable adverse events are related to medication error.

    A report by the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) indicated that nearly one quarter of Canadian adults (5.2 million people) reported that they, or a member of their family, had experienced a "preventable adverse event" (medical error).

    Are Canadian Medical Malpractice Claims Different Than in the U. S.?

    In a word; yes.

    Lot's of people have read about large jury awards for personal injury claims in the United States. Sometimes the American jury awards seem to be out of proportion to the injury.

    In Canada, court awards are much lower than awards for similar injuries from courts in the United States. Cases that might be successful in the U.S. are simply not economically feasible to pursue in Canada.

    For example, the province of Nova Scotia also has some of the most conservative (lowest) awards in Canada for compensation for personal injury claims.

    Role of the C.M.P.A.:

    In Canada, most doctors are defended by a single organization, the Canadian Medical Protection Association (the C.M.P.A.).

    According to a recent annual report, the C.M.P.A. has two point nine (2.9) BILLION DOLLARS in assets (money in the bank). The C.M.P.A. is able to use this money to hire the best experts and lawyers money can buy.

    Many victims of serious medical errors cannot work, or have huge expenses for ongoing rehabilitation or medical care.

    Against such overwhelming financial odds, Canadian victims of medical malpractice face an almost insurmountable challenge to obtain justice and fair compensation for their injuries.

    Remember the Canadian Medical Association Journal study that determined that over 87,000 patients in Canada suffer an adverse event and as many as 24,000 people die each year due to medical errors? That's more than 100,000 potential malpractice claims in Canada every year!

    But between 2002 and 2006 the C.M.P.A. reports only 5246 lawsuits were filed against doctors in Canada: only about a 1000 claims per year.

    In other words, out of 100,000 potential claims 99% of potential medical malpractice victims never even filed a claim!

    The C.M.P.A. reports it's success rate in defending claims brought against doctors. More than 3800 of the 5000 claims were dismissed or abandoned because the victim or his or her family quit or ran out of money, or died before trial.

    Some Frightening Statistics:

    o The C.M.P.A. settled only 229 claims out of court (usually after several years of litigation and just before trial).

    o Of the 577 cases that went to trial only 121 resulted in a verdict for the Plaintiff victim. In other words, only twenty percent (20%) of medical malpractice plaintiffs actually won their trial.

    o For the few victims who won at trial, the median damage award was only $95,500.00.

    o In 2006 the C.M.P.A. spent 72 million dollars on legal fees to defend doctors across Canada.

    o Of more than 5000 lawsuits filed against doctors, only two percent (2%) resulted in trial verdicts for the victim.

    In other words, 98% of Canadian medical malpractice victims never receive a penny in compensation!

    The odds against medical malpractice victims are almost overwhelming. If you think you or a family member has suffered an injury or loss as a result of medical malpractice it is critical to get proper advice. An experienced medical malpractice lawyer can tell you if you have a potential claim and can advise you what you need to prove to have the best chance of winning your case.

    John McKiggan is a medical malpractice lawyer from Halifax, Nova Scotia and a founding partner in the law firm Arnold Pizzo McKiggan. Mr. McKiggan has been representing victims of medical malpractice for 18 years.



    Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/1192041

     




    I'll take the Canadian system over ours anytime.

     




    Then move.

     

    time and time again this faulty comparison between American and Canadian health care comes up, only to be swatted down.  People are not better off with Canadian health care, and it is not cheaper.  The waiting lines are long, the level of care so-so, and infrastructure costs are buried in provincial budgets.

     
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    In response to skeeter20's comment:

     

    In response to AlleyCatBruin's comment:

     

    In response to tvoter's comment:

     

    The Canadian study concluded:

    o As many as 24,000 patients die each year due to "adverse events" (doctors code words for a medical mistake).

    o 87,500 patients admitted annually to Canadian acute care hospitals experience an adverse event.

    o 1 in 13 adult patients admitted to a Canadian hospital encounter an adverse event.

    o 1 in 19 adults will potentially be given the wrong medication or wrong medication dosage.

    o 37% of adverse events are "highly" preventable.

    o 24% of preventable adverse events are related to medication error.

    A report by the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) indicated that nearly one quarter of Canadian adults (5.2 million people) reported that they, or a member of their family, had experienced a "preventable adverse event" (medical error).

    Are Canadian Medical Malpractice Claims Different Than in the U. S.?

    In a word; yes.

    Lot's of people have read about large jury awards for personal injury claims in the United States. Sometimes the American jury awards seem to be out of proportion to the injury.

    In Canada, court awards are much lower than awards for similar injuries from courts in the United States. Cases that might be successful in the U.S. are simply not economically feasible to pursue in Canada.

    For example, the province of Nova Scotia also has some of the most conservative (lowest) awards in Canada for compensation for personal injury claims.

    Role of the C.M.P.A.:

    In Canada, most doctors are defended by a single organization, the Canadian Medical Protection Association (the C.M.P.A.).

    According to a recent annual report, the C.M.P.A. has two point nine (2.9) BILLION DOLLARS in assets (money in the bank). The C.M.P.A. is able to use this money to hire the best experts and lawyers money can buy.

    Many victims of serious medical errors cannot work, or have huge expenses for ongoing rehabilitation or medical care.

    Against such overwhelming financial odds, Canadian victims of medical malpractice face an almost insurmountable challenge to obtain justice and fair compensation for their injuries.

    Remember the Canadian Medical Association Journal study that determined that over 87,000 patients in Canada suffer an adverse event and as many as 24,000 people die each year due to medical errors? That's more than 100,000 potential malpractice claims in Canada every year!

    But between 2002 and 2006 the C.M.P.A. reports only 5246 lawsuits were filed against doctors in Canada: only about a 1000 claims per year.

    In other words, out of 100,000 potential claims 99% of potential medical malpractice victims never even filed a claim!

    The C.M.P.A. reports it's success rate in defending claims brought against doctors. More than 3800 of the 5000 claims were dismissed or abandoned because the victim or his or her family quit or ran out of money, or died before trial.

    Some Frightening Statistics:

    o The C.M.P.A. settled only 229 claims out of court (usually after several years of litigation and just before trial).

    o Of the 577 cases that went to trial only 121 resulted in a verdict for the Plaintiff victim. In other words, only twenty percent (20%) of medical malpractice plaintiffs actually won their trial.

    o For the few victims who won at trial, the median damage award was only $95,500.00.

    o In 2006 the C.M.P.A. spent 72 million dollars on legal fees to defend doctors across Canada.

    o Of more than 5000 lawsuits filed against doctors, only two percent (2%) resulted in trial verdicts for the victim.

    In other words, 98% of Canadian medical malpractice victims never receive a penny in compensation!

    The odds against medical malpractice victims are almost overwhelming. If you think you or a family member has suffered an injury or loss as a result of medical malpractice it is critical to get proper advice. An experienced medical malpractice lawyer can tell you if you have a potential claim and can advise you what you need to prove to have the best chance of winning your case.

    John McKiggan is a medical malpractice lawyer from Halifax, Nova Scotia and a founding partner in the law firm Arnold Pizzo McKiggan. Mr. McKiggan has been representing victims of medical malpractice for 18 years.



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    I'll take the Canadian system over ours anytime.

     

     




    Then move.

     

     

    time and time again this faulty comparison between American and Canadian health care comes up, only to be swatted down.  People are not better off with Canadian health care, and it is not cheaper.  The waiting lines are long, the level of care so-so, and infrastructure costs are buried in provincial budgets.

     



    Why don't YOU move?  I'd rather stay and help to make America better. You can move to a country with a church-run government that does not provide healthcare for its people. Iran sounds like a good fit for you.

     

    And, it's not just comparing our healthcare to the Canadians. Look at England, France, Australia, Germany, Holland, Japan, etc...

    The only country that comes close to what the GOP wants is North Korea.

     
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    I'll take the Canadian system over ours anytime.

     

     



    No one's stopping you from moving there... ; )

     




    Maybe the Canadians...

     

    Ands this talk about "just moving" to a place with a "better" system is obnoxious.  I love my country, but we are an experiment in self government: we have been looking for a "better way" since our inception.  Argue about our course, but we are all in this together and no one should be leaving... except maybe those too intolerant to accept that this search is part of our nation's soul.

     
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    I'll take the Canadian system over ours anytime.

     

     



    No one's stopping you from moving there... ; )

     

     




    Maybe the Canadians...

     

     

    Ands this talk about "just moving" to a place with a "better" system is obnoxious.  I love my country, but we are an experiment in self government: we have been looking for a "better way" since our inception.  Argue about our course, but we are all in this together and no one should be leaving... except maybe those too intolerant to accept that this search is part of our nation's soul.

     



    I don't belive my post was directed at you.

     




    Sure. It is just an obnoxious retort used by too many conservatives to try to resolve a debate.  "I''m right and if you cannot accept I'm right, just move away bcause you are not a "real" American like me."

     
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