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About KristoffWixenschon

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  1. Interestingly enough, when you end up with a chronic disease because of an unhealthy lifestyle (diabetes, COPD, emphysema..) you can apply for a disability tax credit. So they end up paying fewer taxes to fund the healthcare system that they use disproportionately more. But it brings up an interesting concept. We are really talking about addiction. Addiction to processed foods, tobacco, alcohol.... How much choice does someone have when it comes to their addiction? If we, as a society, feel that addiction is a disease... then we can't really punish someone for having a disease. We kno
  2. I don't think that would change anything. Hospitals wouldn't deny space to someone who was dangerously ill with covid. Hospitals will continue to give priority to whoever has the most pressing concern at the time. Generally though I hear what you're saying. It continues to be frustrating that other peoples' choices are having such a direct impact on the lives of people we love. It won't make a difference to the way medical care is provided though.
  3. You and me, Jimmy! Let's get to work fixing this province! I just don't think you get cool things like a rural health training initiative without the advocacy and insight of a Health Authority. We need a certain amount of administrative effort to research the needs of communities, interview professionals on what their needs are, develop plans for recruitment and retention and submit those proposals to the province. All we (the north) usually see out of centralized systems (MCFD, Ministry of Ed) are endless pilot programs that leave people hanging when the funding runs out. B
  4. Haha well said. Though we have to consider, its not just a funding issue that results in rural health care being understaffed. It is insanely challenging to hire, train, and retain people in small communities. My wife recently immigrated to Canada and is working as a physician in Northern Health. There were so many barriers in her way. If it wasnt for the fact we were married, she would never have muddled through all this needless Fed/Provincial bureaucracy. But to Northern Health's credit, the reason she may stay for longer than intended is because of the freedom she has wit
  5. At least we agree that there are better models for care. I just cant imagine that care for small communities improves when the needs of each small community must be decided provincially instead of by a health authority. I might agree to at least centralize licensing to the federal government. It's never made sense to me why a physician who practices in BC has a bunch of bureaucracy to go through to become licensed in any other province. And for a country that imports many of our doctors from other countries, it's an unnecessary hurdle to their immigration process.
  6. I think we just have to disagree. The autonomy of the health authorities is their greatest strength. Rural medicine does not function the same way that it does in urban centers. You cant have the same process for recruitment and care.
  7. Not all, but some. Completely agree. I think most physicians would agree. My wife is a family doctor and is annoyed when she has to see people just to write the same prescription again. Now her patients who are on pain medication for example... that's a different story. You want to be meeting with them regularly and not just renewing meds.
  8. You would have a second layer of decision making either way, centralized system or not. Even if you took away the label of health authorities, theres no way a provincial system could operate with a "one size fits all" plan. The local health authority has insight into what the needs of their communities are. They (at least try to) spend money on what is actually important to community health, which is different in different areas. I'm not saying that there isnt redundancy and waste in our system. I just dont think it's in the separation of health authorities. I think that lead
  9. I think having different health authorities makes a lot of sense. Healthcare is very different in rural northern BC than it is in New Westminster. The challenges that northern rural medicine faces are different challenges than more populous areas face. Access to care... training, hiring and retaining professionals... outdated systems, aging population, more individualized service to local indigenous population... I think there is a good argument for separate health authorities
  10. OPs attempt at shaming someone for insulting a group of people.... has led to themselves being shamed for insulting a group of people... fun!
  11. Language is important. We use language to define things and people. I agree we need to use respectful language to show people that we respect them. And I also agree that this is a complex topic and we probably will not see a valuable discussion about it here. But I also think that if someone experienced puberty with a large production of testosterone, that they generally have a physical advantage over those that did not. But there are just too many variables for there to be a solution that makes everyone feel happy, secure, safe and heard. For example, when would som
  12. Awesome! Kudos to your parents. People dont often teach their kids to think critically. That's great!
  13. And here I always thought it was the other way around! Hahahaha Yknow, I tend to believe that people will always do the best they can, with the information and circumstances that they have at the time. If we see someone coming from a hateful, ignorant place, they might need our acceptance and validation most of all.
  14. I agree. Many peoples only social outlet is social media these days. More so now with covid than ever.
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