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  • a business man
    March 20, 2013 - 08:58

    How do we give the hospitals more money to reduce wait times? Well one idea is to allow corporations to export all of our fish RAW, and charge them a royalty for the right to do so. I like this idea because it will not require any tax increases and it will allow everyone to benefit from the fish resource. The bottom line is that reducing wait times will cost money, and the majority of voters are best served by using the fish to get the money instead of actually paying more taxes. The best part about this idea is that there are very very few fishermen who will be displaced with my plan based on our population. SO, while the thousands of fishermen will lose their livelihood, hundreds of thousands of citizens will enjoy lower wait times. The bottom line is that as citizens, we all own the fish. We can either let the fishermen continue to monopolize the fish benefits, or we can demand that the fish be used to reduced wait times. I suggest the latter, because most voters get no benefit from the fishery. I suspect the majority of voters feel the same way. Maybe I am wrong, but I don't think so.

  • david
    March 19, 2013 - 19:54

    Well, isn't that comforting! On one, patheitc measure of "wait times" --- a measure that should not, and would not exist in a working, effective health care system --- Nfld. has been measured (wink, wink!) as the best of a very, very sorry lot. Huzzah! How about any other, obtuse measures....like treatment efficacy....oh, not there yet. ...... Shame. Shame.

  • Sabine
    March 19, 2013 - 14:31

    Wait times for certain surgeries may indeed be better here, but first one needs to be able to actually SEE a surgeon or specialist! My partner had a back injury that resulted in a herniated disk. He was in extreme pain, barely able to walk, and certainly unable to work. His GP sent a referral to a surgeon and we were told the wait time for the appointment would be ONE YEAR. I have been dealing with an ovarian cyst (thankfully benign) and had to wait SIX MONTHS to see an OB/GYN. Until I was able to see the specialist I had no idea what I was facing so I had six months of 'is it benign? is it cancer?' to go through before finally getting the good news. How much unnecessary stress, pain, and lost wages are people in this province expected to put up with? Yes, well done on speeding up the wait times for important surgeries, now how about addressing the problem of getting to actually see the surgeon in the first place?