PETERS – Moving away from half-measures in the B.C. healthcare system
WE HEARD ANOTHER MEASURE of our public healthcare crisis recently.
A whopping 40 per cent of Kamloops residents don’t have a family doctor — well above the provincial average.
When you really stop to think about our healthcare system, some of how it is set up is really strange.
While we have socialized medicine in some respects, we still require our family doctors to operate as private businesses.
Providing ongoing health care to people in B.C. is not too dissimilar to providing muffler service to automobiles.
James Peters is the radio anchor at CFJC, coming to Kamloops in 2006. He anchors the afternoon news on B-100 and 98.3 CIFM, and contributes weekly editorials to the CFJC Evening News. He tweets regularly @Jamloops.
This is an opinion piece that absolutely makes no sense. To use the comparison to a muffler shop, or to a landscaping business, it really is not that difficult to run a small business from an administrative point of view. Physician have the luxury of having access to the latest and greatest health care information available. They also have the luxury of a guaranteed clientele, without the need of expensive marketing/advertising campaigns. They also have the luxury of a guaranteed revenue stream which allows them to live quite a privileged lifestyle unlike many muffler shops or landscaping businesses totally at the mercy of market forces which can be difficult to overcome at times. It seems to me they want more money and work way less. Perhaps it is the mountainous sense of entitlement that needs no half-measures to deal with. And next time you need a muffler, Mr. Peters, please make sure to chose the most expensive one and please leave a tip!