I wrote yesterday:
Another problem is that Canada now finds itself importing an ageing population as immigrants import their aged parents and relatives on both sides of the family. They become a financial burden for our health care system because they will use Canada's health services but have paid little into it if anything at all. They also increase demand for the limited number of hospital beds and health care staff. How does this help Canadians?
Hospital `kicks out' senior
Elderly patient's family claims Peel Memorial security pushed, handcuffed and assaulted him
Sep 06, 2007 04:30 AM
A Brampton family has lodged a complaint with Peel Memorial Hospital, claiming their 76-year-old father was evicted from the hospital, then handcuffed and assaulted by two security officers.
The hospital is investigating the incident and could not confirm or deny any of the allegations.
Jagir Singh Sandhu, who has prostate cancer, was taken to the emergency department with dehydration on his family doctor's advice around 7 p.m. on Aug. 29. He was treated several hours later and told to wait until his test results came back, Sandhu said in Punjabi, translated by his son-in-law.
Read it all here.
This non-news item is about an elderly gentleman who alleges he was violently mistreated at a Peel Region hospital. I am not interested in that. I am interested in other details pertinent to the existence of this blog.
First, the 76 year old man cannot speak English. He speaks in Punjabi which is predominantly a Sikh dialect. He needs his son-in-law to translate for him. This means that the man has not been in the country long enough to learn the English language or has not bothered himself to learn it. If it is the latter then he most likely has not worked in Canada and has paid little to no taxes here because almost all job positions require the use of the English language outside out Quebec. However because of his frail condition coupled with the fact that he has prostrate cancer we can assume that he has been using this country's generous tax payer funded health care services quite frequently.
Second point is that the man is 76 years old! Why is he allowed to come here? The article notes that his wife sent a complaint which means that his wife is in the country as well. This means that both of the aged parents of the wife of the son-in-law are here. Why are they both here? Canadians do not benefit by the importation of these people. The reason is that they will use more health care services than they paid for through taxes and increase demand for limited health care services. Many immigrants sponsor the importation of their aged parents and relatives because of Canada’s publicly funded health care system. Landed immigrants and refugees get full public health care coverage as guaranteed by the poorly worded Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms and so do their sponsored relatives even if they are not citizens yet. These immigrants come to Canada and transfer the cost of caring for their parents and other aged relatives onto the Canadian tax payer. The father and the mother do not pay enough taxes to cover themselves, their children, and their aged parents and relatives. It is a net loss for Canadians not just in tax dollars but in shortages of hospital beds and health care professionals as the immigrants and their aged relatives increase demand for these limited services.
There wasn't a doctor shortage in Canada back in the early 1980s. In fact Canada had the best doctor to patient ratio it has ever had in its entire history. But back then Canada had a saner immigration policy. Canada accepted around 130,000 immigrants a year (still too many) back then and they were predominately young and skilled. Then it was increased by 100,000 by the inept government of Brian Mulroney. Then rules were relaxed for the importation of relatives. Now, in 2007, there is a doctor shortage and Canada's health care system is in need of more funding. Increase in immigrants and their parents, doctor and health care funding shortage, do the math. I am not saying that immigration is the sole reason for the current pressures Canada's health service face today but I do believe it is a major contributor to it.
Interestingly enough this story appears on page A3 of the September 6, 2007 edition of the Toronto Star. Flip the page and you get this story on A4.
Patients suing province over wait times
Two Ontario patients who had brain tumours removed in the United States because they say they couldn't get quick treatment here are suing the provincial government over what they claim are unjustly long wait times for medical care.
Are Canadians benefiting from our country's current immigration policy? I don't think so. Canada's immigration policy needs to be changed now!