Posted by: Ian Bruk | July 30, 2006

Liberals want a “conversation” on health

Reading Vaughn Palmer’s column in the Vancouver Sun entitled: “No grumbling, please. Liberals want a health care ‘conversation’ a few paragraphs caught my eye:

“We have known for many years that the escalation in health care costs is not sustainable. The question for all British Columbians is this: are we prepared to change to face up to that fact?”

Hmmm, we have known for many years that the manner in which B.C. is governed is not sustainable. The question for all British Columbians is this: are we prepared to change and face up to that fact?

Later in the article:

“They don’t want the conversation on health to become another bitching session. Patients grumbling about how long it took to get surgery, cases piling up the emergency rooms, nurses worked off their feet, not enough beds anywhere for anything.”

Hmmm, we don’t want the inquiry into open government to become another bitching session. Incumbent politicians telling us they’re looking out for our interests, bureaucrats and public servants protecting their monetary interests, lobbyists justifying excessive acccess.

Lastly:

“Part of the goal here is to get people talking about whether there’s any way to slow the health system’s appetite for more pie, budgetarily speaking”.

Hmmm, is there any way to slow the provincial government’s appetite for more pie?

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