It was between about 6:05 and 6:20 PM EDT yesterday that I saw the commercial on WLEX-TV Channel 18 out of Lexington. It was from Bluegrass Regional Imaging, LLC, and the company was advertising it’s PET scanner.

A PET/CT scan examines the body’s anatomy and functions. PET/CT utilizes a radioactive molecule or tracer that is similar to glucose called fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) which is useful in the detection of cancer cells. Cancer grows at a faster rate than healthy tissue, so cancer cells will absorb more of the FDG. One hour after the injection of the FDG tracer the PET/CT scan can revel cancer growth that may have been difficult to find using other conventional imaging procedures.

PET/CT procedures are performed for:

  • Seizure disorders
  • Alzheimer’s disease vs. other dementias
  • Detection of cancer
  • Determination of benign vs. malignant
  • Staging of cancer
  • Detection of cancer recurrence

BRI Doctors and Staff are committed to patient care, which is why we believe in working with only the highest quality equipment. Using superior GE, hybrid multi-slice scanners allow us to provide you with:

  • High Resolution Images
  • Timely Completion
  • Earlier Detection and Diagnosis
  • Accurate Staging, monitoring and Localization of Disease Progression
  • PET/CT is approved by Medicare, and other insurance companies for virtually all forms of cancer.

The website lists five physicians affiliated with the company, all ready and waiting to serve you. They want you to contact them, and get diagnostic testing done. Why? Because they are a for-profit company, and they want to make money.

Which made me think of our great neighbor to the North, and its socialized medicine system.

Canada’s wait times break new record – 21.2 weeks: Fraser Institute

by Jenny Yuen | December 7, 2017 | 11:34 AM EDT

Canadians waiting for medical attention are faced with record-breaking wait times – and it doesn’t appear to be getting any better, according to the Fraser Institute.

The research think-tank released a new report Thursday, Waiting Your Turn: Wait Times for Health Care in Canada, 2017, and found the median wait time in 2017 is 21.2 weeks – the longest ever recorded. By comparison, Canadians waited 9.3 weeks in 1993 when the Institute first started reporting on wait times for medical treatments.

There’s plenty more at the original, most of it depressing. Here are the really bad numbers:

Ontario reports the shortest wait time time at 15.4 weeks (nearly four months), while New Brunswick reports the longest at 41.7 weeks in 2017. There is also a great deal of variation among specialties — the longest wait between a GP referral and orthopaedic surgery is 41.7 weeks, while those waiting for medical oncology begin treatment in 3.2 weeks.

It’s estimated that across the 10 provinces the total number of procedures for which people are waiting in 2017 is 1,040,791. This year, Canadians could expect to wait 4.1 weeks for a computed tomography (CT) scan, 10.8 weeks for a MRI scan and 3.9 weeks for an ultrasound.

An entire season is only 13 weeks, and even in Ontario, waiting times for a specialist drag on longer than that. In far more rural New Brunswick, wait times are slightly over three seasons long. You could be referred by your general practitioner at the end of winter, and not see the specialist until the beginning of the next winter. Meanwhile, in the mostly rural, very poor Bluegrass State, specialists and private companies are advertising for patients.

Why, it’s almost as though the economic law of supply and demand operates in capitalist systems.

We’ve noted this before: these socialized medicine countries drag out care to save money.

And this is what Senator Bernie Sanders (I_VT) and the other Democrats want to bring to the United States under their cockamamie Medicare For All proposals. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) wants to not only establish government paid health care, but would abolish private health insurance.

Senator Warren would wholly eliminate the law of supply and demand in the health care industry.

It would take a while to notice, given that we already have the supply of health care professionals and equipment, and they would be scrambling to stay in business. But as government cuts payments — and as the only customer, it could — the plentiful supply of professionals and equipment would slowly dwindle, as profitability wanes. Who is going to spend money on multi-million dollar equipment if there’s no profit to be made? Who is going to take on the 100 hour weeks involved in medical school and internship when the result is becoming a physician paid no better than a McDonald’s franchise owner?

What the Democrats promise is a health care system as good as what we have right now, with none of it costing anybody anything. You have to be a special kind of stupid to believe that will work.
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