Most Canadians are both proud and frustrated by their health care system. They’re proud because (they claim) it’s a fair and equitable system that provides medical care to anyone, not just those who can afford it. Yet they’re also frustrated because the system is obviously failing to deliver as promised.
This op-ed from OpinionJournal reports on the Canadian Supreme Court’s ruling to a lawsuit brought by a patient needing hip replacement surgery who was upset by the extremely long wait he was going to have to suffer. The Supremes ruled that a Quebec law banning private medical insurance was hardly equitable.
Go ahead and read the whole thing. But what really jumped up and caught my eye was this single sentence.
Canada is the only nation other than Cuba and North Korea that bans private health insurance, according to Sally Pipes, head of the Pacific Research Institute in San Francisco and author of a recent book on Canada’s health-care system.
Think about that for just a moment. Canada has purposely decided to adopt a system that only the repressive Communist regimes of Cuba and North Korea have enacted. Doesn’t that make them uneasy?
I suppose not.
(Hat tip to Cox & Forkum.)