Thursday, June 18, 2009

Where oh where do the tax $ go? Oh where oh where can they be?

Have you, or someone you know had need of Medical and or Hospital services in recent years? If so, how would you rate the services and would you say they were satisfactory overall?

Having had considerable personal experience in this area over the course of some decades, I have come to believe that the following story from the CBC is indicative of many of the ills encompassed in the trough now known as Health Care in Canada.

A few highlights from yet, the latest scandal;

"Opposition parties continued their calls for Health Minister David Caplan's resignation due to his handling of the scandal, but McGuinty stood by his minister on Wednesday, saying he still has confidence in Caplan.

Meanwhile, the search continues to replace Sarah Kramer, who departed the agency more than a week ago after seven months as CEO and president. She received a severance package worth 10 months' salary, or about $317,000.

Kramer was lambasted for receiving a $114,000 bonus, more than double the amount allowed at the provincial agency. Hudson signed off on the bonus just four months after Kramer started.

Two reviews underway

The former CEO was also responsible for signing off on many of the untendered contracts during her first months at work. She defended the lack of a competitive bidding process, saying it was justified due to the urgency of the agency's work.

Under the old rules, provincial agencies were required to put contracts up for tender if they surpassed $100,000 unless they involve legal services, an urgent circumstance or a patented product unique to a single supplier.


  1. Haahhh! Bet ya thought I'd forgot all about me!

    It's just been so gosh darn busy here -- we're heading back to the former Centre of the Universe (Toronto) for a two week hiatus from Sept. 22 - Oct. 6 for a family reunion of sorts.

    Mum arrives from England at 18:30, we arrive from Kelowna at 18:50, so Beryl (stepmum) and Dad will meet her, and Sandy's brother and wife will meet us.

    John (my littler bro) and his ladyfriend are still working in SE China, so won't be able to join in the fun with us.

    Nevertheless, it will be a very enjoyable time.

    Continuing . . .

    31. When four or more men get together, they talk about sports.

    32. When four or more women get together, they talk about men.

    33. Not one man in a beer commercial has a beer belly.

    34. Men are less sentimental than women. No man has ever seen the movie THE WAY WE WERE twice, voluntarily.

    35. Most women are introspective: "Am I in love? Am I emotionally and creatively fulfilled?"

    Most men are outrospective: "Did my team win? How's my car?"

    36. If a man says, "I'll call you," and he doesn't, he didn't forget . . . he didn't lose your number . . . he didn't die. He just didn't want to call you.

    37. Men hate to lose. I once beat my husband at tennis. I asked him, "Are we ever going to be in love again?" He said, "Yes, but not with each other."

    38. Men who can eat anything they want and not gain weight should do it out of sight of women.

    39. Getting rid of a man without hurting his masculinity is a problem. "Get out" and "I never want to see you again" might sound threatening.

    If you want to get rid of a man, I suggest saying, "I love you . . . I want to marry you . . . I want to have your children."

    Sometimes they leave skid marks.

    40. Men accept compliments much better than women do. Example: "Mitch, you look great." Mitch: "Thanks." On the other side:"Ruth, you look great." Ruth: "I do? Must be the lighting."
    Re: the post about Medicare. I had a brain spasm in Nov. '96, stroke in Sept. 2000 and flesh-eating disease in Feb. '09.

    Every time was very professional service at Kelowna Gen. Hospital. I have no trouble with the docs., nurses, etc. -- they do a terrific job, in somewhat trying circumstances.

    My beef is with IHA (Interior Health Association). These individuals make the choices for the staff, and the staff has to live with their choices, no matter whether they're good or bad.

    There are plenty of spare beds at KGH -- another ward could be opened up, no problem and the waiting list would be shortened to about a month or two.

    The only problem? The provincial govt. They call the shots, and folks here just gave Gordon Campbell's lot another majority.

    The longer it stays the way it is now, the more "American-ized" it will be. Speaking of which, most of you visit Garth's site and know that I have posted frequently on the Pig / Bird / Human flu concoction.

    I have had plenty of shots recently, but this garbage is not going to be one of them. A US link -- -- gives a good idea of what is coming very shortly.

    "The federal government is concerned about the incidence of Medicare re-admissions."

    With an ever-aging population increasing, one way to "do away with" these people is to give them large doses of Tamiflu. In the US, citizens will be given three separate shots.

    In the swine flu outbreak of 1976, one person died from the flu. Fifty one people died from flu shots. See the difference?

    Add to that CPP / OAS / GIS and Social Security will be in short supply soon, one has a reasonably good idea of where all this is heading to.

  2. Starting off a little differently . . .
    Buddy and Edna

    Buddy and his wife Edna went to the state fair every year, and every year Buddy would say,

    'Edna,I'd like to ride in that helicopter.'

    Edna always replied,

    'I know Buddy, but that helicopter ride is fifty bucks, and fifty bucks is fifty bucks.'

    One year Buddy and Edna went to the fair, and Buddy said, 'Edna, I'm 85 years old.

    'If I don't ride that helicopter, I might never get another chance.'

    To this, Edna replied,

    "Buddy that helicopter ride is fifty bucks, and fifty bucks is fifty bucks.'

    The pilot overheard the couple and said, 'Folks I'll make you a deal. I'll take the both of you for a ride.

    'If you can stay quiet for the entire ride and don't say a word I won't charge you a penny!

    'But if you say one word it's fifty dollars.'

    Buddy and Edna agreed and up they went.

    The pilot did all kinds of fancy maneuvers, but not a word was heard.

    He did his daredevil tricks over and over again,
    But still not a word.

    When they landed, the pilot turned to Buddy and said,

    'By golly, I did everything I could to get you to yell out, but you didn't. I'm impressed!'

    Buddy replied,

    'Well, to tell you the truth, I almost said something when Edna fell out, but you know,

    "Fifty bucks is fifty bucks!'
    The conclusion of men . . .

    41. Impulse buying is not macho. Men rarely call the Home Shopping Network.

    42. Men who listen to classical music tend not to spit.

    43. Only men who have worn a ski suit understand how complicated it is for a woman to go to the bathroom when she's wearing a jumpsuit.

    44. Men don't feel the urge to get married as quickly as women do because their clothes all button and zip in the front.

    Women's dresses usually button and zip in the back. We need men emotionally and sexually, but we also need men to help us get dressed.

    45. Men are self-confident because they grow up identifying with superheros. Women have bad self-images because they grow up identifying with Barbie.

    46. When a woman tries on clothing from her closet that feels tight, she will assume she has gained weight.

    When a man tries something from his closet that feels tight, he will assume the clothing has shrunk.

    47. Male menopause is a lot more fun than female menopause. With female menopause you gain weight and get hot flashes.

    Male menopause -- you get to date young girls and drive motorcycles.

    48. Men forget everything; women remember everything. That's why men need instant replays in sports. They've already forgotten what happened.

    49. Men would like monogamy better if it sounded less like monotony.

    50. All men would still really like to own a train set.
    G'day y'all. Life is continually evolving, albeit at a very fast rate!