Dr. David Gratzer, Canadian Physician: Michael Moore is a Marxist Sicko

Dr. David Gratzer: Fighting the Good Fight against Marxist Medicine

Winnipeg-born-and-raised David Gratzer, a 30-something physician licensed to practice in both Canada and the US, has become America’s most trusted voice in the conservative fight against socialized medicine. With Michael Moore’s latest fraudumentary “Sicko” opening in theatres, and with all Democratic 2008 presidential candidates promising universal health care in some form, this is sure to become the hot-button issue of the next few months.

Gratzer was commissioned to counter Michael Moore by the Wall Street Journal on the opening day of Moore’s film. Read it here,

Who’s Really ‘Sicko’
In Canada, dogs can get a hip replacement in under a week. Humans can wait two to three years.

…Canadian doctors, once quiet on the issue of private health care, elected Brian Day as president of their national association. Dr. Day is a leading critic of Canadian medicare; he opened a private surgery hospital and then challenged the government to shut it down. “This is a country,” Dr. Day said by way of explanation, “in which dogs can get a hip replacement in under a week and in which humans can wait two to three years.” Market reforms are catching on in Britain, too. For six decades, its socialist Labour Party scoffed at the very idea of private medicine, dismissing it as “Americanization.” Today Labour favors privatization, promising to triple the number of private-sector surgical procedures provided within two years. The Labour government aspires to give patients a choice of four providers for surgeries, at least one of them private, and recently considered the contracting out of some primary-care services–perhaps even to American companies.Other European countries follow this same path. In Sweden, after the latest privatizations, the government will contract out some 80% of Stockholm’s primary care and 40% of total health services, including Stockholm’s largest hospital. Beginning before the election of the new conservative chancellor, Germany enhanced insurance competition and turned state enterprises over to the private sector (including the majority of public hospitals). Even in Slovakia, a former Marxist country, privatizations are actively debated.

Under the weight of demographic shifts and strained by the limits of command-and-control economics, government-run health systems have turned out to be less than utopian. The stories are the same: dirty hospitals, poor standards and difficulty accessing modern drugs and tests.

Admittedly, the recent market reforms are gradual and controversial. But facts are facts, the reforms are real, and they represent a major trend in health care. What does Mr. Moore’s documentary say about that? Nothing.

Americans need to understand: as their would-be political leaders and liberal media elites proceed with the push for socialism, the rest of the world is slowly returning to market freedom.

(For more on Gratzer, including links to dozens of his articles and op-ed pieces, click here to view his Manhattan Institute bio.)

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10 responses to “Dr. David Gratzer, Canadian Physician: Michael Moore is a Marxist Sicko

  1. Plaridel Inkana

    Well David will be more believable sans his political beliefs. Of course Canada’s healthcare system is not perfect nor does France’s, or UK and yes Cuba. There is no Utopia period! But what impression he was trying to put forward that in the realm of US healthcare system – care is instantaneous for everybody – is completely bogus bordering on propaganda for the privateers. Of course there is much to be desired in the Universal Healthcare System anywhere in the world but tinkering with it to make it better to benefit everybody is a thousandfold better than a market-driven system which no matter how you crank it will only benefit the few.

  2. Francesca

    Gee “Inkana,” countries around the world have been tinkering and tinkering with socialist medicine-or pretending to, since we’re pretending such leaders actually care about ordinary people- to make that ever elusive utopian Leninist omelette, and, to paraphrase Orwell, it’s not there.

    BTW, labeling salient talking points-that are the only voice people dying from waiting in socialist countries have-as “propaganda profiteer[ing]” doesn’t proove anything but that you are a manipulative debator who just doesn’t want to hear anything that might challenge your world views.

    In addition America has been rated No. 1 as to the speed with which the sick can see a doctor-kinda important to if YOU’RE dying! You talk about benefitting only the few, but American innovations benefit everyone. That is if the people trapped in socialist countries are allowed to receive these benefits-which the inherent careless incompetence and desperate rationing of Socialism almost alwayss guarrantees against. If you have any integrity and actually do care about this issue and the people if affects, do some research into what health care is really like for ordinary Cubans. And I mean research, not the Apologia of the Nation which once supported both Stalin and Hitler, or the “research” of Michael Moore’s emotionally mastrubatory, rabble rousing propaganda.

  3. C. Patra

    Supporting Stalin and Hitler! Is that the U.S.

  4. C. Patra

    Oh and don’t forget U.S. support for the Apharteid State of South Africa, and Marcos of the Phillipines, Noriega of Panama, Pinochet, Peron, even Saddam and the Market Socialist State of China.

  5. C. Patra

    Do you filter opposing views? Just curious.

  6. C. Patra

    Who is paying you? I hope it’s not my tax money.

  7. C. Patra

    Francesca are you saying that profit motivates innovations vis-a-vis creativity. That is a sad view of the capability of mankind to create.
    I will throw a fit if my six year old come home clutching a ten dollar bill saying,”Mommy, look what Ms. Garcia gave me for my drawing.”

  8. Miguel

    The obvlivious idiocy of C. Patra, notwithstqanding, I agree very strongly with Dr. Gratzer, Francesca and all the English people I’ve spoken with re: Nationalized Medicine. The most elequent, a beautiful lady, told me, “Never grow old in England!” She was speaking of rationalized health care in England which kills primarily the old and infirm as the life-saving care is reserved for the “most worthy”. She was passed over a died not long after. Few liberals see that the most savage of human impulses comes to the fore when the gov’t transforms freedom of choice into their monopoly, governed by their bureaucrats, who are loyal to no one.

  9. Miguel

    The oblivious idiocy of C. Patra, notwithstanding, I agree very strongly with Dr. Gratzer, Francesca and all the English people I’ve spoken with re: Nationalized Medicine. The most elequent, a beautiful lady, told me, “Never grow old in England!” She was speaking of rationalized health care in England which kills primarily the old and infirm as the life-saving care is reserved for the “most worthy”. She was passed over and died not long after. Few liberals see that the most savage of human impulses comes to the fore when the gov’t transforms freedom of choice into their monopoly, governed by their bureaucrats, who are loyal to no one.

  10. Facts are facts. The state of US health care is better than the rest. Why mess with it? Why make some people pay for other people’s health care?? Doesn’t make sense to me, and I don’t have health care!! I don’t want anyone to PAY for MY health care either. Nobody has the ”right” to good health. No such right exists. Doctors perform a valuable service for which they studied hard and paid big-time college tuition bills. Let them earn their damn money unfettered!

    As far as europe and cuba goes, let them develop decent plumbing first. Then let them try to work on health care.

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