Sticking with that note of irony, I must admit that that particular point hadn't really jumped out at me as being too noteworthy until Pogue mentioned it. Simply because it's really not new news. Not here in Canada anyway. This particular debate (accusations included) has been going on in Canadian political and medical circles for quite a while.
What did jump out for me from this article was this quote from Dr. Anne Doig, the new President of the Canadian Medical Association:
"It’s not about choosing between an American system or a Canadian system," said Doig. "The whole thing is about looking at what other people do."Ironically enough (again), the reason that particular piece tripped my radar was the thought that this was exactly what I have (repeatedly) being trying to say to my American friends (in various formats) in the context of their current healthcare debate.
"That’s called looking at the evidence, looking at how care is delivered and how care is paid for all around us (and) then saying ‘Well, OK, that’s good information. How do we make all of that work in the Canadian context? What do the Canadian people want?’"
Namely, that I hope their country as a whole will wake up and see how very lucky they are at the moment in having the opportunity to look at various systems around the world. To see what works and what doesn't. And pull together the best of the best practices to create a uniquely new, uniquely American system that works for them.
Do I think that will actually happen? At this point?
Not so much. But this is one girl that just keeps dreaming.
And who knows? Maybe us Canucks will even learn a thing or two in the process. Now, wouldn't that be ironic!
"A taste for irony has kept more hearts from breaking
than a sense of humor, for it takes irony to appreciate
the joke which is on oneself".
~ Jessamyn West