If one wants to avoid tax as much. donate to charity, political party,
save iton TFSA, RRSP buy a second house..... Feds have so called
transfer payment to equalize financial burden between have and have not
Here Alberta always pays into the pot, Quebec is always big beneficiary.
they threaten to separate if not enough is given. In Alberta we don't
have health care premium. We have labor shortage, highest wage in the
country. As a result irony is Albertans spend way too much incurring
highest debt per capita. Number wise per household average income is
well over 60K a year.
Joevan, that's fantastic but I can't do that stuff anymore and it's very
frustrating because there was time when I could pick up a car engine.
I'm actually going to get a cane and take Sandy, my trained attack
Rotthuahua, for walks around our big back yard. ^_^
It depends who is defining "healthy". Your definition and the insurance
company's definition might vary. And, is someone who is "disabled" or
even "crippled" necessarily unhealthy?
Speaking as a MD, I believe that if someone is taking prescription
medication for a chronic condition, and that condition is being well
controlled (no medication side effects and no detectable damage to any
organ system from the chronic condition), that person should be
considered healthy. (Examples might include well controlled high blood
pressure and well controlled high blood cholesterol if they were
diagnosed and managed soon after onset - among some other chronic
conditions.) I regard those situations as no different than a person who
requires prescription corrective lenses to see clearly with no evidence
of other ocular abnormality.
And, on the other hand, someone may be taking no prescription
medications because they have a serious medical problem that just has
not become clinically evident (such as early adult onset diabetes or
early stage hepatitis C). Also, some people with chronic mental illness
either may be undiagnosed (and therefore untreated), or may refuse to
take their medications. Those individuals are most certainly not healthy.
Well, speaking as a layman, I don't think I've ever seen a person taking
prescription medication for a chronic condition in which the initial
prescribed medication did not have deleterious side effects that required
additional meds for those side effects. For example: take this for your
blood pressure and if it keeps you from sleeping, then that this, and take
that to help you wake up in the morning. Of course I'm not in a position
to prove this, but would ask those reading this to draw on their own
Frankly, I consider most G.P. MDs pill-pushing quacks; although I don't
blame them. I blame the "system" that has most of their later years (>10
yrs in practice) education being provided "free" by the pharmaceutical
Unfortunate that everyone you know on chronic meds uses incompetent
Speaking as both an individual who takes prescription medication
chronically, and someone who has treated many patients who do the same,
I can say that my population sample size is likely to be considerably
larger than yours and my experience contradicts your observation. With
close observation and careful control of dosage, the overwhelming
majority of patients who require chronic medication do not sustain
complications that require additional meds to treat the complications.
That being said, it is a consistent, widely reported observation that
the more medications a patient takes, the great the likelihood of
undesirable drug-drug interactions.
Your generalization about abuse of pharmaceutical company "education" as
the prime source of continuing medical education is off the mark. Most
states require a certain number of hours/year of continuing medical
education for physicians to retain their license. Most states require
that the majority of those hours be from AMA PRA category I sources.
Pharmaceutical company sponsored activities rarely if ever meet that
criterion. Also, in reality, G.P.s are not common any more. Most M.D.s
today who treat all or most members of a family for all or most of their
medical needs are board certified in family practice or internal medicine.
Well Dr. Pete, I'm glad to see you posting and sharing your knowledge.
I picked up 9 different medications from my pharmacist last Saturday.
At the end of May last year, I was sent home to die and had home hospice
care and was walking around with a $32,000.00 automatic external
defibrillator hanging off my belt. After 6 months, the hospice service
determined I wasn't declining and ended the service. I wasn't dying fast
enough and the service was worried about fraud that had happened with
other hospice service organizations. They came and picked up the bed,
the oxygen machine, tanks and all the other stuff. I shipped the $32k
Zoll defibrillator back to them. I take a handful of pills at 6:00am and
again at 6:00pm and I'm too damn ornery to die. ^_^
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