06 March 2007

Canadian system works

Brilliant at Breakfast ran a link to the NYT story below with a nice commentary. BaB writes:
Health care is not something that can be left to "market forces", because such market forces leave people with illnesses or chronic conditions out in the cold. It's impossible to comparison-shop for coverage when your choice is among premiums that are Exorbitant, Preposterous, and You've Got To Be Fucking Kidding Me -- and that's assuming you can find coverage.
Brilliant at Breakfast, by the way, is a great blog name, isn't it? The site begins with a quote from Oscar Wilde: "Only dull people are brilliant at breakfast."

Ha. Indeed.

There is this wonderful comment there, from AnoCan:
I'm a Canadian. Despite what you might hear in the US, the health care system here has never let me down, nor let down anyone I know.

Sometimes you have to wait -- and if you go to the emergency room for a sniffle you will surely wait -- but I've been seriously ill a few times and been treated promptly and professionally. And I have never paid a dime for it. And when I go to a neighbourhood clinic for my sniffle I wait 10-20 minutes and am seen by a friendly professional who treats me. If I need a specialist I am referred. Everything works as it should and I don't pay a dime for any of it.

File the boogeyman stories you hear about Canadian medical care in the same file as the "Global War on Terror": manufactured facts to sell an agenda that does not benefit you.

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