Sunday, August 03, 2008

Do We Really Want Canadian Style Health Care?

According to this article by David Gratzer, Canadian health care does not sound like something I want.
Back in the 1960s, Castonguay chaired a Canadian government committee studying health reform and recommended that his home province of Quebec — then the largest and most affluent in the country — adopt government-administered health care, covering all citizens through tax levies.

The government followed his advice, leading to his modern-day moniker: "the father of Quebec medicare." Even this title seems modest; Castonguay's work triggered a domino effect across the country, until eventually his ideas were implemented from coast to coast.

Four decades later, as the chairman of a government committee reviewing Quebec health care this year, Castonguay concluded that the system is in "crisis."

"We thought we could resolve the system's problems by rationing services or injecting massive amounts of new money into it," says Castonguay. But now he prescribes a radical overhaul: "We are proposing to give a greater role to the private sector so that people can exercise freedom of choice."
Wasn't health care easier and cheaper back when there was less government interference? Isn't part of the reason health care is getting so expensive and cumbersome is greater "help" from the government? How is it that so many people have become convinced that only government health care can solve the mess that more government interference has created? And who decided that health care is a right?

If health care is indeed a right, then Mosaic box sets are also a right. I am entitled to them!



At 7:53 AM, Blogger MightyMom said...

funny, as a RN, I see and hear of an awful lot of Canadians coming to America because the waiting list for a particular procedure is too long....or being sent home "till there's a bed at the clinic".....

so, in answer to your post title....I'd say NOT ON YOUR LIFE.

At 9:45 PM, Blogger Harry said...

Here in the Detroit area, we must get Canadians crossing over, but we never hear about them.


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