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Canadian Health Care We So Envy Lies In Ruins, Its Architect Admits

Gist of the article: The guy who is regarded as the father of the Canadian socialized health care system is now calling for privatization:

"We thought we could resolve the system's problems by rationing services or injecting massive amounts of new money into it," says Castonguay. But now he prescribes a radical overhaul: "We are proposing to give a greater role to the private sector so that people can exercise freedom of choice."

Castonguay advocates contracting out services to the private sector, going so far as suggesting that public hospitals rent space during off-hours to entrepreneurial doctors. He supports co-pays for patients who want to see physicians. Castonguay, the man who championed public health insurance in Canada, now urges for the legalization of private health insurance.

I'm amazed (not really) how people who gnash their teeth and rend their garments over the imaginary loss of freedom they suffered from the Patriot Act are so willing to turn decisions about their health care (rationing) over to the gov't and die willingly if the treatment they need exists but is not on the approved list.

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