Mar. 23, 2020

What are we doing offering medical aid to China when . . .?

We have more than five million Canadians without a family doctor. 

Each day I hear federal and provincial official say “Check with your family physician”.

Well I don’t have one and can’t get one.  

When a Toronto Hospital (and no doubt others) are asking the public to donate gloves and related equipment; 

When we need more and more testing devices etc. here in Canada;

When China is holding Canadians in jails on false charges; 

When China restricted Canadian trade because we were enforcing the law;

Canada indicating they had offered medical aid (Ralph Oliphant, Parliamentary Secretary for foreign affairs – Global News) to China on February 2 when that very day 23 countries had reported cases of the virus, including Canada and the U.S. 

Canada was also offering aid to Greece at this time when it was the EU’s responsibility to assist one of its members. 

Health Regions all over the country are crying out for necessary medical equipment even before this virus appeared. None of the Provinces of this nation have sufficient CT and MRI machines. We rank near the bottom in the OECD on this. 

When is someone going to take the Federal Government to task over this?

Surely, it is the first responsibility of a national government to look after its own before it begins overseas help.  

Here is the Canada Health Act Section 3

Primary objective of Canadian health care policy

3”It is hereby declared that the primary objective of Canadian health care policy is to protect, promote and restore the physical and mental well-being of residents of Canada and to facilitate reasonable access to health services without financial or other barriers.” 

Has this been accomplished on any reasonable interpretation when five million do not have access to a family physician and the number of doctors per 1,000 is one of the lowest in the OECD (2.5 vs Australia 3.5) and the number of MRI machines ( 8.9 per million vs Australia 13.2) is one of the lowest in the OECD according to the Internationally recognized Commonwealth Fund?

I say some reckoning is on order. 

But when you can’t get provincial or federal ministers of health to answer a letter sent to them, don’t hold your breath.