Friday, January 06, 2006

Where Will Martin Get the Doctors?

A couple of days ago, Prime Minister Paul Martin unveiled his health care platform which included a plan to speed up the accreditation of foreign doctors.

This led a doctor friend of mine to send me the following message:

“I would like to know which other countries he (Martin) plans to recruit 5000 family doctors from. Belarus? Romania? Who would want to come here in ordered to be coerced into providing service at grossly discounted rates dictated by the government, and in order to be a member of the only profession denied by legislation the basic human right to sell its services and expertise privately?”

Good questions.

By the way, I will be on the Gary Doyle Show (570 AM Kitchener) at noon today to talk about my Must Lose List.


Anonymous said...

Where will Pauly get the doctors?

Same place he got his other ideas Gerry - the University of Liberal Entitlement and Broken Promises, Corruption and Dithering.

Count Dalton amongst the alumni.

First Paul - OUT!
Second(in Ontario) Dalton -OUT!

Miles Lunn said...

I think we do need to increase the supply of our doctors. Also our doctors are definitely paid less than they are worth based on the amount of training and the specialization required, but when compared to most OECD countries, we actually pay our doctors quite well. Part of the reason the number of doctors opting out in Quebec is higher than any other province and opting out or working in the private system if permitted is more common in Europe is since doctors are paid less. After the Supreme Court ruling we have to act quickly if one wants to stop a two-tiered system. A government monopoly with long waiting times is no longer constitutional so something needs to be done.