Saturday, March 25, 2006

Full circle?

I rather suspected that something like this would happen eventually. Large scale socialized medicine has finally reached a point where people are asking for privatization again. Not surprisingly, this story comes from Canada.

The doctor who took the Quebec government to the Supreme Court of Canada, causing it to change its policy on wait times and private health insurance, wants to see more privatization.

In his Supreme Court case, Dr. Jacques Chaoulli argued "patients will continue to suffer and die" because of waiting lists.

Personally, I'm wary of any country that tries to construct an entirely socialized medical system. Let's face it, government interaction or interference with any system leads to lost time and lost money. Of course both problems are particularly troublesome in the world of medical care, and in the end, the patients end up suffering.

To quote P.J. O'Rourke, "If you think health care is expensive now, just wait until it is free."


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