So, how far does that law extend? Can a Brit ship in a dado comparable
tablesaw from another country? Can the motor in one of their table saws be
changed out for a motor with an arbour long enough for a dado blade.
In other words, what possibilities exist for getting around the attack on
With respect, Mark, I think it is very far fetched. First, the government is
not close to taking over. The most aggressive serious proposal towards that is
a government run health insurance program in competition with the private
insurers. That is getting a lot of push back on the grounds that it would drive
out the private insurers. Whether it would or not depends on the details, and
we are a long way from details.
Second, there is already a large, government health care program (Medicare)
where the government has not made a single move in 40 years towards banning any
activity for recipients. Smokers are under a lot of pressure, but that is not
just the government and there is no ban, nor does anyone I know think it would
What you suggest is certainly not impossible, but we are a long way from here to
You make a good point. Inasmuch as some form of rationing is required, we
need to look at the other effects of whatever scheme is being considered.
The current method of pay-to-play has, as a consequence, a built-in
incentive to work, save, invest, be productive, and plan for contingencies.
Only by pursuing these goals can one stand a good chance of choice in health
care. It's social survival of the fittest. The dissolute and the slackers
die off more quickly.
If you *Really* wanted to get serious about Darwinism, you'd eliminate all
social programs, works programs, government and anything else that brings
people together. The only industry would be club making.
But then, what would we do for beer?
Oh, like some of the european countries where healthcare is "free" and
everyone pays 80% income tax? And you may have NO choice of provider
(any MD or hospital is considered as good as any other MD or
Please check ALL the conditions before picking out just the ones you
think are good.
Did you know that a German driver's license can cost $1500 to $2500?
"Private insurance for medically necessary hospital and physician services
is illegal in only 6 of the 10 [Canadian] provinces."
Most African countries do not permit private medical practice.
" it will cost approximately 1500 bucks...maybe less also..."
"I did mine about 2 years ago in Frankfurt. The whole thing cost about
"An Australian friend of mine got his German license 6 years ago and only
paid around ? 500..."
"Many schools have set up simplified courses for experienced drivers, which
will cost you about ?200 as opposed to the over ?1,000 that a beginner would
have to pay."
"This is understandable when you realize that a German driver's license
costs about $1500-2000, after a minimum of 25-45 hours of professional
instruction plus 12 hours of theory, and such a license is good for life."
Read the damn article. It doesn't say what you're implying. If you
want to pay a doctor out of your own pocket for services, you can.
"Before describing the constraints on direct billing and extra-billing, we want
to clarify the
concept of opting out. A Canadian physician may, at any time, choose to give up
his or her
rights to bill the public plan and take up practice in the private sector.
Although there are differences in terminology (e.g., "non-participation,"
"practising outside the Act," "not subject to the agreement"), every provincial
permits physicians to opt out."
In Manitoba, Nova Scotia and Ontario the financial incentive to do so is
dulled because opted-out physicians cannot bill more than they would receive if
were working within the public plan.
In every other province, opted-out physicians can set their fees at any level.
However, as the status disincentive row in Table 1 shows, all of the remaining 7
provinces except Newfoundland and Prince Edward Island have in place measures
prohibit the public purse from subsidizing the private sector. In other words,
of opted-out physicians are not entitled to any public funds to subsidize the
buying their services privately.
True. But, as the article states, private medical insurance is not allowed.
Further, private physicians do not have privileges a government-run
hospitals. This limits physicians to things like dermatology, ophthalmology,
or primary care. Anything beyond that has to be cycled into the government
That's not so, private insurance exists in Canada but it can only pay for
things not covered by the govt. insurance plans, e.g. private rooms, some
rehab and so on, plus total coverage for people waiting to qualify for
govt.-run insurance, e.g. recent immigrants. The 2005 ruling by the Supreme
Court of Canada that prohibiting patients from going outside the govt.-run
systems is unconstitutional while there are widespread life-threatening
delays in diagnosis and treatment in the govt.-run systems is also worth
noting--it makes the whole "not allowed" thing kind of doubtful.
Most hospitals in Canada are not "government-run," they are operated by
non-profit charitable entities (although I'm sure they manage to absorb
plenty of money without calling it profit).
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