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Subject: Canadian socialized med founder: We failed Date: 6/28/2008 1:15 AM
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Canadian Health Care We So Envy Lies In Ruins, Its Architect Admits

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Castonguay's evolving view of Canadian health care, however, should weigh heavily on how the candidates think about the issue in this country.

Back in the 1960s, Castonguay chaired a Canadian government committee studying health reform and recommended that his home province of Quebec — then the largest and most affluent in the country — adopt government-administered health care, covering all citizens through tax levies.

Castonguay's work triggered a domino effect across the country, until eventually his ideas were implemented from coast to coast.

Four decades later, as the chairman of a government committee reviewing Quebec health care this year, Castonguay concluded that the system is in "crisis."

"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."
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Many Americans think Canada's system is the way to go. Increasingly Canada doesn't think it's the way to go and they're backtracking. They have to, since socialism doesn't work. Some socialist programs take longer to bite you in the backside than others, but all of them do eventually.

--fleg
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