Thursday, June 09, 2005

Private Health Care in Canada

Good news for Canadians (or at least Quebecers) in that their Supreme Court today struck down a law forbidding private health care -- deciding that doing so would be a violation of Quebec's charter of rights. Of course it says a lot about the country that this could even be an issue...

P.S. It is always funny to me to see quotes about the "free" or "fair" health care system, followed by the seemingly unrelated observation that there exist chronic shortages and huge waiting lines, as exemplified in a paragraph from the link above:
"But the universal health-care system — while considered one of the fairest in the world — has been plagued by long waiting lists and a lack of doctors, nurses and new equipment. Some patients wait years for surgery, MRI machines are scarce and many Canadians travel to the United States for medical treatment."

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Blogger Amit Ghate said...

Seems like Taranto stole my post. Here's his post on the following day:
Who's the Fairest of Them All?
From an Associated Press story on Canada's health-care system:

The universal health-care system--while considered one of the fairest in the world--has been plagued by long waiting lists and a lack of doctors, nurses and new equipment. Some patients wait years for surgery, MRI machines are scarce and many Canadians travel to the United States for medical treatment.

In most Canadian provinces, it is illegal to seek faster treatment and jump to the head of the line by paying out of pocket for public care. Private health clinics have sprouted up even though they are technically illegal, though the provincial governments tend to look the other way.

Other than that, though, it's really fair!

http://www.opinionjournal.com/best/?id=110006807

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