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Ralph Klein has gone and it is time to retire Ralph's World. Thanks to all of you who have supported this venture by contributing material and through your comments. It has been fun.

Should we get another blog underway? Let me know your thoughts by e-mailing me at johnnyslow@gmail.com.

John Slow
January 1, 2007

Wednesday, March 02, 2005

HEALTHCARE FOR ALL CANADIANS 

FOR THE LOVE OF CANADA’S CITIZENS
I URGE YOU TO FOLLOW TOMMY DOUGLAS
AND PUT A STOP TO RALPH KLEIN’S
CORPORATE INVASION OF HEALTHCARE

Dear Standing Committe on Health, Federal Government
For the sake of all Canadians, please make no mistake: Ralph Klein’s “THIRD WAY” is designed, like the Trojan Horse, to look as if it isn’t hiding a whole battalion of Private Insurers and Health Management Organizations ready to be deployed into Alberta’s Healthcare System.

The so-called P3s that Ralph Klein, so deceptively claims to be private clinics, are nothing but small corporations set up for the purpose of making money for financial investors. These small corporations with the support of law, will grow into systems whose primary motivation is not service to Canadians in need of medical diagnosis and treatment but rather to make profits for investors, as all corporations are legally required to do. (See Joel Bakan’s Book “The Corporation”)

Following the pattern of the market place, which is really what governs Alberta, these small corporations, as soon as profitable (which the Klein government is guaranteeing they will be) will be gobbled up by multinational health providers (HMOs). Once that happens, it is no longer medically trained professionals but, rather, corporate money managers who decide who is eligible for treatment and how long it will be provided. In short under HMOs, as is clearly observable in the US, sick people become exploitable commodities rather than citizens in need of healthcare. I write from professional and personal experience as a Chartered Alberta Psychologist.

Simply stated, if our Federal Government does not use its power to curb the likes of our Ralph Klein from going further than they already have, the foundations of the most affordable and potentially well functioning health care system in the world today will crumble. Not because it is “unsustainable,” as Ralph Klein is running around the nation preaching, but because his government is acting irresponsibly with the health care trust that Tommy Douglas and Lester Pearson and the Liberal party, supported by the NDP and others, gave to Canada over thirty five years ago,
Standing Committee on Health; we look to you as advisors to the only level of government strong enough to stop the creeping undermining of the health care system that was established to help all citizens on the basis of need rather than an elite few on the basis of corporate greed.



Should you need evidence of what can happen when a healthcare corporation is money-driven rather than patient-need-driven please refer to the state of affairs around the US “HealthSouth” corporation as well as others.
Sincerely.


A. Blair McPherson, Canadian Citizen living in Alberta
9444 - 77th Street. Edmonton Alberta T6C 2M6

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