A Glimpse into Tomorrow


We’re not there.  Yet.  Out health care system hasn’t transitioned from a free market based delivery system to one of a more socialist system, but we took one step closer.  Think of it as economic fascism, or medical fascism.  It’s like what they always say:  “It’s not the end of the world, but you can see it from here”.

And do you wanna know what it looks like?

Procedure Wait Time
Knee Replacement Up to 2 years
Gall Bladder Removal Up to 3 years
Angioplasty Up to 12 months
Cardiac Bypass Up to 12 months
Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery Up to 2 years
Spinal Dicsectomy Up to 3 years
MRI Up to 6 months
CT Scan Up to 4 months
Ultrasound Up to 4 months
Weight Loss Surgery Up to 5 years
Hip Replacement Up to 2 years
Cardiac Ablation Up to 3 years

This is the wait times currently for patients in the Canadian system.  And THAT system is going the way of our Post Office, Medicare and Medicaid.  These programs are providing less and less service while they continue to run further and further in the red.  In short, these prgrams are losing money even as they cut services.

Wanna see what opening those above procedures to the forces of the free market does?  Watch this:

Procedure Wait Time Private Wait Cost
Knee Replacement Up to 2 years 3 Weeks $14,000.00
Gall Bladder Removal Up to 3 years 3 Weeks $6,700.00
Angioplasty Up to 12 months 48 hours $12,500.00
Cardiac Bypass Up to 12 months 48 hours $16,000.00
Arthroscopic Shoulder Up to 2 years 3 Weeks $6,000.00
Spinal Dicsectomy Up to 3 years 3 Weeks $7,000.00
MRI Up to 6 months 3 Days $750.00
CT Scan Up to 4 months 3 Days $500.00
Ultrasound Up to 4 months 3 Days $500.00
Weight Loss Surgery Up to 5 years 2 Months $10,000.00
Hip Replacement Up to 2 years 3 Weeks $14,000.00
Cardiac Ablation Up to 3 years 1 Week $12,000.00

Where it performs the worst, the private system operates at better than 90% efficiency.  At it’s best it’s hummin at 99%.

Hat Tip:  CarpeDiem

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