Are democrats blinded by their dogma when it comes to socialized medicine?

7/15/12 The Daily Mail, UK: “Thousands could lose their sight as NHS [National Health Service] cuts cataract surgery by a quarter” Waiting time for Canadians, from the time of referral (Fraser Institute): -General surgery: 14.3 weeks -Orthopedic surgery: 40.3 weeks -Cardiovascular surgery: 8... show more 7/15/12 The Daily Mail, UK: “Thousands could lose their sight as NHS [National Health Service] cuts cataract surgery by a quarter”

Waiting time for Canadians, from the time of referral (Fraser Institute):
-General surgery: 14.3 weeks
-Orthopedic surgery: 40.3 weeks
-Cardiovascular surgery: 8 weeks
-Urology: 11.5 weeks
-Internal medicine: 11.5 weeks
-Radiation oncology: 5 weeks
-Medical oncology: 4.9 weeks.
-Colon McMillan, president of the Canadian Medical Association, said: “The problem our health car system faces today is access due to a lack of doctors, nurses, hospitals and technology.”

Canada health care spending rose 38% in the last five years (Canadian Institute for Health Information).

12/12/11 Canadian Broadcasting Company, cbc.ca: Surgery wait times longest in 18 years.
-The median wait time is 19 weeks between the referral from a general practitioner and the start of elective treatment, finds the report, released by the Fraser Institute Monday. “At 104 per cent longer than it was in 1993, this is the longest total wait time recorded since the Fraser Institute began measuring wait times in Canada,” reads the report.
-Wait times for a referral to a specialist rose to 9.5 weeks in 2011 from 8.9 weeks in 2010. And the wait time between a visit to a specialist and actual medical treatment increased to 9.5 weeks from 9.3 weeks, according to the report.
-Wait times for different types of medical procedures also vary in length. Patients wait the longest between a GP referral and plastic surgery, an average of 41.6 weeks, while those waiting for medical oncology begin treatment in 4.2 weeks.
-"Canadians are being forced to wait almost 4 ½ months, on average, to receive surgical care, prolonging the pain and suffering patients and their families are forced to endure." said Mark Rovere, a co-author of the report. "Despite significant increases in government health spending, Canadians are still waiting too long to access medically necessary treatment," Rovere said.

12/12/11 finance.yahoo.com: According to the [Fraser] report, wait times between 2010 and 2011 increased in both the delay between referral by a general practitioner to consultation with a specialist (rising to 9.5 weeks from 8.9 weeks in 2010), and the delay between a consultation with a specialist and receiving treatment (rising to 9.5 weeks from 9.3 weeks in 2010).

The Doctor Patient Medical Association Foundation conducted a faxed survey of random doctors in May 2012. In the survey, it is clearly delineated that the medical system as it is changing is discouraging doctors from practicing. 83% of the doctors said that current changes made them think about quitting, and 90% of them thought the path of the medical field currently was wrong.

Democrats are like religious fanatics: facts and reality mean absolutely nothing to them.
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