Saturday, June 11, 2005
On this day:

Other Than THAT, It's Very Fair

Via Opinion Journal: Guardian: Quebec Private Health Insurance Ban Nixed
The universal health-care system [in Canada] -- 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.
Waiting years for surgery for lack of doctors, equipment, nurses; having to travel south of the border for health care; not having the option to seek "faster" treatment; private clinics illegal: YES, THAT'S REALLY FAIR!