Why Copy the Canadians?

I have never understood the need to copycat another country’s healthcare system. It’s un-American. We are innovators and pioneers. Even if copycatting I would not emulate the Canadian system…where if you need a neurosurgeon you wait 33 weeks. For orthopedic surgery: 41 weeks. Should you need an MRI after that appointment? Good luck.

Walid Khalfallah, a boy whose scoliosis was so bad that he was promised an “expedited” surgery. Despite his dire need for treatment, Khalfallah was forced to wait more than three years for his surgery date. His condition deteriorated throughout his grueling wait, according to a profile in the Vancouver Sun. He is now a paraplegic.” Quote from this article written by a Canadian.

Why the simplistic approach to have a one size fits all system when healthcare needs are and always will be very personal? Building a healthcare landscape allows more choices for patients and more autonomy for physicians. The autonomy allows physicians to practice as they were trained and to fulfill the Hippocratic oath instead of being forced into Complying with a top down system.

I want better for my patients, my family, the future. Let’s do this. Let’s build a landscape that is superior and sustainable for our patients and our profession

Marion Mass MD

Marion Mass attended Penn State University, Duke Medical School and did her training in pediatrics at Northwestern’s Robert Lurie Children’s Hospital. She has worked in the hospital, ER, nursery, delivery room, outpatient practice, and urgent care settings. She twice run non-partisan symposiums on Medical Care at the Library of Congress in Washington DC. Most recently at the free to care conference on April 1, 2019. In addition she has published multiple times regarding improving cost and access to care in the Wall Street Journal, Philadelphia Inquirer, The Hill, Washington Times, Penn Live, and the Washington Examiner. She is on the editorial board for the Bucks County Courier times and Doylestown Intelligencier. She is on the board of the Bucks County Health Improvement Partnership, an organization that addresses medical care gaps at the county level. Marion is the winner of the 2018 R William Alexander Award , recognized by her Pennsylvania peers as contributing heavily to political advocacy in healthcare, and in addition is a Pa Medical Society delegate.. She founded Practicing Physicians of America with Dr. Westby Fisher, M.D., of Chicago in 2017. She and her husband Stephen C. Mass, M.D., an otolaryngologist have practiced in Bucks County for over 20 years. They have three children, 20, 18, and 15. 18-year-old Amanda aspires to be a physician… and just published a piece in the AMA’s journal, Physician Family. 

  5 comments for “Why Copy the Canadians?

  1. Nicole M. Johnson
    June 9, 2019 at 7:09 pm

    I keep hearing members of the media and the public repeat the statement Americans are the only developed nation that doesn’t have a national healthcare payment plan. Well, I am grateful for this. Thank you Dr. Mass and Sally Pipes for showing us why we shouldn’t try to emulate other nations.

  2. Earl T. Martin MD
    June 9, 2019 at 8:11 am

    And just remember in the Canadian system physicians are contractors with the government and the government sets all the rules and then say take it or leave it.

  3. Randy
    June 7, 2019 at 2:54 pm

    The link doesn’t work, I think this is the relevant article.

    https://vancouversun.com/news/staff-blogs/a-public-health-system-that-failed-a-canadian-boy-the-sad-saga-of-walid-khalfalla

    It looks like the paraplegia is from surgical complications, whether the long wait for surgery was a factor isn’t clear. Still, the poor kid shouldn’t have had to wait that long.

    Really this speaks to a conversation no politician wants to have, and that’s that a nationalized health system is going to have downsides and the government will be blamed for them. There will be waiting lists and delays, and Americans will have to change their mindset with respect to testing and treatment.

  4. Rick
    June 7, 2019 at 1:48 pm

    I can’t help but comment. Personal experience in the VA system. My brother has a very, very painful, unstable knee. Can’t walk without agony, falls down all the time. Just a horrible situation. Beyond misery.
    NO pain meds. “Take Tylenol”.
    He is waiting more than 4 months for treatment.
    This can’t be dissimilar to any single payer system.
    Medicare for all. We’d be doomed.
    Absolute fools.

    • Nicole M. Johnson
      June 9, 2019 at 7:04 pm

      That’s awful and our warriors absolutely deserve better. It’s obvious to me we shouldn’t replicate a similar system for the nation.

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