Canadian health system “not sustainable,” looking to privatize

Posted on August 17, 2009

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Ahead of a national meeting of Canadian physicians in Saskatoon, the incoming president of the Canadian Medical Association, Dr. Anne Doig, said that the Canadian health system is in dire need of changes. Outgoing president Dr. Robert Ouellet agrees with her, and in an opening presentation at the meeting will outline a need for an increased private sector presence in the health care industry. It’s amazing considering that in this country, the push is to marginalize or eliminate those mean private insurance companies that seem to be essential just north.

The article contains a few choice quotes from Dr. Doig:

“We all agree that the system is imploding, we all agree that things are more precarious than perhaps Canadians realize … We know that there must be change … We’re all running flat out, we’re all just trying to stay ahead of the immediate day-to-day demands.”

But even more interesting is this:

(Canadians) have to understand that the system that we have right now – if it keeps on going without change – is not sustainable.

Not sustainable? I thought health systems like those in Canada and Europe were the models of excellent health care, something that we here need to strive for and achieve!

The reality, folks, is that no one has a perfect system, and the universal health coverage of other countries like Canada probably isn’t a nationwide death sentence like some would claim, but neither is it a better system. That Canada is looking to privatize some of its health system (like Sweden) ought to be an eye-opening warning that before we go completely scrapping what we have here and massively expanding the cost and power of government, we realize that similar systems aren’t working that great where they’ve been implemented.

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