Tuesday, November 09, 2004

Canadian 'Health' care

From an article on the increasing dire straits that the medical system in the Great White North finds itself:

Ottawa has in the past withheld health care funds to provinces experimenting with for-profit clinics and new federal Health Minister Ujjal Dosanjh took up his job in July with a vow to "stem the tide" of privatization.

Now if healthcare is 'free' why would for-profit clinics be needed. An often unpublished fact about the Canadian medical system is that if a good or service is offered by the system, it is illegal to acquire that good or service outside of the plan. Why the people of Canada thought that a monopoly, and a government monopoly at that, would provide better care than the private sector is beyond me. As well, from Mark Steyn:
One thousand Americans are killed in 18 months in Iraq, and it's a quagmire. One thousand Quebecers are killed by insufficient hand-washing in their filthy, decrepit health care system, and kindly progressive Americans can't wait to bring it south of the border. If one has to die for a cause, bringing liberty to the Middle East is a nobler venture and a better bet than government health care.

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