From the January 8, 2014 article, Bosses shouldn’t ask sick workers for doctor’s note: OMA, in Canada’s largest newspaper, the Toronto Star, they falsely frame the sick note debate.
This is typical of the corporate-controlled mass media.
On one hand, we have the Ontario Medical Association president making the valid point:
““First of all, you don’t want to encourage people who have infectious diseases to go to their doctor’s office when it’s not necessary,” said Wooder, himself a family physician who has worked in Stoney Creek, near Hamilton, for 28 years.“
And the other side makes a valid point:
“John Kiru, executive director of the Toronto Association of Business Improvement Areas, said he respects an individual’s right to stay home to get healthy, but if someone is away for several days it’s entirely reasonable to demand a doctor’s note.“
What’s completely left out of their framing, and deliberately so, is the issue of rationing.
Both sides, as presented, have completely legitimate positions, which are in tension with each other.
However, the true relief of this tension isn’t even being put on the table for discussion by the framers of the issue.
The true cure for this problem is allowing private funding of health care. Canada is one of only three countries — along with Cuba and North Korea — that don’t allow for individuals to pay privately for their own primary care.
Because it’s a fixed pool of resources, care must be rationed, instead of meeting actual demand through a market system.
Ironically, and what’s not mentioned in the article, is that doctors already can charge some money for writing sick notes, in addition to getting paid their customary fee through the public system.
That shows the unsustainability of a totally publicly-funded system for sick notes. A false solution may be provided to raise the amount that doctor’s can charge for such a note.
But what won’t be asked is why can’t we extend that to the entire health care system?
This is one of the many examples where the controlled, corporate media are deliberately framing an issue to restrict the debate to controlled outcomes.
For more on the proper see my article, Ron Paul right on health care: it’s not a right and it’s not a privilege — it’s a good.