If you want an idea of what the future of American health care will be like under Obama’s plan, take a look at Canada’s single-payer system as it exists right now.
In its early days, the “Canadian model” was held up as a shining example of what a health care system should be. But that was when it was still feeding off the accumulated capital of all those decades of rapacious capitalistic health care. The infrastructure has deteriorated a bit since then.
According to this CBC news story, a man came into the emergency room of a Winnipeg hospital, sat down to wait, and died before he could be seen. It took 34 hours before anyone noticed him:
Man Dead ‘For Some Time’ in Winnipeg ER Before Staff Alerted: Officials
Health officials say a man who died in the waiting area of a major Winnipeg hospital’s emergency department may have been dead “for some time” before medical staff was alerted — 34 hours after he arrived.
The 45-year-old arrived by taxi at the Health Sciences Centre around 3 p.m. Friday from the Health Action Centre, a community health centre in central Winnipeg, where he had an earlier appointment, officials said.
He was found dead after midnight Sunday.
“It is a really tragic situation. We’re quite shocked that this could happen,” said Dr. Brock Wright, chief medical officer for the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority. “We’ve never had a situation like this before.”
It appears the man was never assessed by a triage nurse and was not registered as a patient seeking care, Wright said.
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Someone in the waiting room alerted the hospital staff that the man appeared dead, and that’s when the man was finally seen by medical personnel, he said.
“There was reason to believe at that time that the patient had passed, had been dead for some time,” Wright said.
“We don’t know how long, but it’s likely that the patient had been deceased for a period of time. I can’t put a time frame to that.”
To be fair to the Canadians, I can easily imagine the same thing happening in the ER of UVA Hospital in Charlottesville. In many of their functions, the large non-profit hospitals in the USA already resemble a socialized health care system.
Whenever the siren song of Barack Obama and other big-government advocates begins to tempt you, lash yourself to the mast and stop your ears by thinking about a DMV office, or the IRS, or your local Department of Social Services, or the waiting area of an emergency room in a large urban hospital.
That’s what Socialism looks like.
Hat tip: JD.