SHIN's purpose:
to wrangle for the tapping of governmental money!

Nipawin - January 5, 2001 - by: Mario deSantis

dark vision

Our bureaucratic technocrats have the centralized vision to have standardized computerized health records for all Canadians. The cost for implementing this centralized vision is causing the wasting of millions and millions of public dollars, it is causing the loss of our individual freedom, and in the process our health care system is becoming progressively more dysfunctional. In Saskatchewan, we have the Saskatchewan Health Information Network (SHIN) which could have drilled some $40-million hole in the ground in pursuing their dark vision to provide health records for any resident of Saskatchewan. As we have already noted in another article, $40-million is nothing when you realize the legal governmental interest for having health records for every Canadian resident. We must remember that the infamous HRDC department had an illegal file for every Canadian, and now that the government was told to destroy these files we have the legalized vision to have governmental health records for every Canadian. Therefore, the search for this vision will continue with the digging of more holes in the ground and as a consequence, the following remarks have been made on behalf of SHIN's survival:



significant concerns

-Dr. Dennis Kendell, registrar of the Saskatchewan College of Physicians and Surgeons, and board member of SHIN, has singled out that "the proposed computerized health registry can help minimize such blatant cases of prescription abuse." In accordance to Dr. Kendell, our medical practice must be supported by digitized data in the SHIN's computer system. Never mind if the Privacy Commissioner has specifically found significant concerns with the introduction of national standards for reporting prescription drug use;



nurses and doctors

-Shelley Lipon, new CEO for SHIN, has stated "maybe, five years ago, you could have said yes or no to a SHIN, but not now. Saskatchewan can't sit back and be archaic. I mean, good bye to all our young nurses and doctors if that's the case." So after spending millions and millions of dollars for SHIN, we must continue to dig more holes in the ground otherwise our nurses and doctors will be leaving the province. Maybe Lipon doesn't know that our nurses and doctors have been leaving the province for sometime.




-Shelly Lipon and our StarPhoenix journalists come to the defense of SHIN since SHIN is a vehicle to wrangle and tap money from the federal government.




So the saga of health care continues as our big brains continue to wrangle for the tapping of money from our governments under the dark vision of centralizing health records for every Canadian.
  List of relevant political and economics articles
  SHIN evolution must be logical, SP Opinions, January 3, 2001, The StarPhoenix, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
  The SHIN Saga of Health Reform: Common Problem, No Problem?, by Mario deSantis, December 18, 2000
  Taking away our freedom: Health Records and SHIN, by Mario deSantis, December 20, 2000
  ANNUAL REPORT 1999-2000, Privacy Commissioner A quote: Privacy is related entirely to the degree to which we respect each other as unique individuals, each with our own sets of values which we are entitled to make known or not as we see fit. To truly respect your neighbour, you must grant that person a private life. Respecting one another's privacy means the difference between a life of liberty, autonomy and dignity, and a hollow and intimidating existence under a cloud of constant oppressive surveillance. -- Bruce Phillips, Privacy Commissioner of Canada, 1999
  The picture at the top of this morning's story about SHIN is dawn this morning, taken by
Judy Shire.