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« on: August 10, 2008, 01:13:56 PM »

Updated Fri. Aug. 8 2008 9:48 AM ET News Staff

Ralph Nader is, once again, throwing his hat in the ring for the U.S. presidency, marking the fifth time the 74-year-old has made a run for the White House.

Nader will be in Toronto on Monday to host a campaign fundraiser with Americans living in the country, and to talk about what's at stake for Canada in the U.S. election.

He will also be presenting "An Unreasonable Man", the documentary about himself that appeared in last year's Toronto International Film Festival.

The man who has been dubbed everything from a crusader to a troublemaker and meddler, told CTV's Canada AM he and running mate Matt Gonzalez believe neither Barack Obama nor John McCain will take the United States in the right direction.

"What drives the Nader/Gonzales campaign clearly is the country is in deep trouble," said Nader, who is running as an independent this time around -- his third national campaign and fifth White House bid.

"The giant corporations are tearing the heart and soul out of America in so many ways, the corporate crime wave being the more recent one. And John McCain and Barack Obama are ignoring corporate crime. They want a bigger military budget, they want to stay in Iraq, they want to expand the war in Afghanistan and they're not good on consumer protection at all."

Nader slammed the two-party system in the U.S. as providing too few options for voters and said there is actually little that separates the two main candidates.

"They're using a lot of money in their campaigns from commercial interests and in many ways they're similar," Nader said.

"They're not really for a living wage, they're both opposed to a Canadian-style health care system which gives you free choice of doctor and hospital. How's that for starters?"

There are a number of areas where the U.S. could learn from Canada, Nader said, listing the Canadian system for public financing of elections, a multi-party political system and universal health care as key examples.

"No one dies in Canada because they can't afford health insurance. Everyone has it. But 18,000 Americans die every year according to the National Academy of Scientists, because they can't afford health insurance."


According to Nader's website, he already has enough signatures to get on 26 state ballots and he's aiming for 45 by September.

According to an AP/Ipsos poll released on Aug. 5, Nader has three per cent support, while Obama has 47 per cent and McCain holds 41 per cent.

Another poll, however, showed Nader with 10 per cent of the support in Michigan.

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I have concerns about the Candian healthcare system.  It has some challenges at this time.  However, there is discussion about fixing it -

From rural Ontario to Newfoundland to the booming oil fields of Alberta, Canadian doctors and clinics are increasingly resorting to lotteries to choose which new patients to see, or which long-standing patients to cull from their overburdened case loads. Welcome to the capriciousness of socialized medicine: Your income may not affect your level of care, but your luck will.

The Canadian Medical Association (CMA) estimates that between four and five million Canadians have no family physician, and that at least one million patients actively looking for a family doctor are unable to find one. In most provinces, no more than 15% of doctors are taking new patients. In Ontario, just 10% are. And the crunch is being felt as much in large urban centres as in remote rural areas.

Canada has just two-thirds as many doctors per 1,000 population as the OECD average. We would need 26,000 additional doctors just to bring ourselves up to the norm for industrialized countries. And the situation is likely to get worse before it gets better. Our average physician is 50 years old. Due to retirement and population growth, an additional four or five million Canadians will be without a regular doctor by 2018, the CMA estimates.

Thank government-monopoly health care, a system in which central planners see doctors as drains on the overall budget rather than care providers and profit generators. Doctors’ use of the system’s resources is to be limited, hospital beds carefully rationed, admitting privileges tightly controlled, operating-room time parcelled out in drops — since the primary goal of our health system is its financial and logistical self-preservation rather than the provision of timely care.

Two decisions are directly responsible for the doctor shortage.
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Health care's fresh start

A recent study in the United States says the median emergency room wait time has increased to an hour, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

In one part of Canada, people have to wait an average of nearly 21 hours for care in an emergency department.

The National Health Service in the United Kingdom instituted a four-hour guarantee a few years ago. Earlier this year, some hospitals were accused of “patient stacking,” or keeping ambulances filled with sick people in holding patterns outside the emergency department (called Accident and Emergency in the U.K.) until the hospital could meet the four-hour promise.

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