The High Cost of Free Healthcare

I live in Canada, where it is said that healthcare is provided for free to anyone and everyone. Everything from the annual physical by your general practitioner, to more complex and expensive surgeries are all covered by the governmental medicare system. Many Canadians feel that this is an incredibly powerful reason to remain in the country for the rest of their life, even if they secretly wish they could retire somewhere warmer in the winter.

Despite the utopic vision that the above paragraph may imply, there are a great number of shortcomings in this healthcare system. Not even to mention all of the inconsistencies and anomalies in which specific procedures are covered, or not, or the long waiting lists to get into see a specialist or have a potentially life-saving operation, there are even more fundamentally problematic issues within this system.

 

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Some issues that emerge from such a system:

  1. The philosophy and type of treatments available for free are dominated by a non-curative, pharmaceutical approach to treatment, which favours the approaches which keep patients on multiple drugs for the remainder of their life. Long-term, preventative approaches involving smart approaches to lifestyle, diet, and even truly curative and preventive approaches with natural medicine fall outside of such a system, even though they would reduce the overall cost of healthcare over the long run.
  2. The doctors’ primary “client” is no longer the patient, but ultimately the pharmaceutical companies which can offer bonuses to the doctors based on their pills being promoted. This turns a healthcare system into a pill-pushing approach.
  3. The patients themselves, over time, may adopt more and more of a passive role in their own healthcare, feeling that anything which is not paid for by the system is out of their reach. They may not like the wait times, or the ultimate results of the treatments they get, but can become resigned to that just being the way things are.

As the story goes about the upscale hair salon suddenly faced with their new competitor on the block offering cut-rate $10 haircuts, they solved their problem with a new marketing campaign where they put a sign in their front display window, which read “We fix $10 haircuts”.
Likewise, our patients understand that many of the healthcare choices available to them for “free” actually come with a hefty price tag of long-term side effects, and a diminishment of their health over time. The true long-term value of Heilkunst treatment is more than worth every penny, once its true value is understood, and that the out-of-pocket cost more than pays for itself with the true improvements it offers for health over the long term.

One thought on “The High Cost of Free Healthcare

  1. Susan Kierstead

    Live in Ontario and would happily pay to see a medical doctor who would discuss my issues and range of treatments and associated costs. I have taken good care of myself and wish to have non invasive treatments for my structural problems (not cortisone shots and cheap knock offs like oxycodin. Otherwise in good health. Our healthcare is shameful and I know if I had studied medicine I would be ashamed to practice medicine in Canada and be party to continue and promote illness!

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