Funny silly healthcare Joke / Canada Has Death Panels ....
I recently read an article about healthcare and the title – of all things it reads like this:
Canada Has Death Panels … And that’s a good thing.
At first I thought it was a joke, sarcasm – I read the article waiting for the punch line but it never came. Maybe I missed it I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt – but I doubt I did. I found it odd that he could be so callus with his attitude. Personally I had a brother (Albert) who was very sick and I know what it is to have a family member so sick that you find yourself conflicted, struggling to come to grips with the debate in your heart: Is it better to let him go or to keep him alive?
No one should have to go through that and trust me I know how it feels, how much it hurts but we choose to help my brother live, for as long as he could until it was time for him to go – I choose to believe that He decided (he did or his body did, but it was not our choice to make).
Life is precious and who could ever place an accurate value on such a thing? But to listen to the writer of this article; it seems some believe they can.
“In Ontario, by contrast, the provincial legislature decided in 1996 to create a quasijudicial tribunal, the Consent and Capacity Board, to make these life-and-death decisions more quickly. If a patient’s substitute decision maker withholds consent, then doctors may apply to the board—comprised of lawyers, mental health professionals, and community members—for a determination that the proposed treatment is in the patient’s best interest. If so, the board has the power to consent on the patient’s behalf.”
It’s interesting that the point made is to “expedite” the process by appointing ‘decision makers’ who if a family member with-holds consent (meaning does not agree to order to pull the plug on family member) then they can go to this board who will decide for the patient.
Another quote: “The Hippocratic Oath’s promise to do no harm still applies. But they are also only wrong in part. When taxpayers provide only a finite number of acute care beds in public hospitals, a patient whose life has all but ended, but whose family insists on keeping her on life support, is occupying precious space that might otherwise house a patient whose best years are still ahead.”
The problem (in my opinion) is that if you have a state or government run medical health insurance plan, even with all good intentions – the so called free plan (or universal plan) requires that others make decisions for you. After all – money is money and even the government is not made of money. Just look how crazy it gets in congress simply trying to balance the budget. So imagine if you will – you get into a car accident and people you do not know, who feel nothing towards you decide that the odds, the percentages, the numbers do not warrant spending millions of tax payer dollars on trying to keep you alive. Farfetched I know – but in the realm of the possible.
Just ask Canada.
Article: Canada Has Death Panels And that’s a good thing.
By Adam Goldenberg