Isn’t this what socialized medicine was for?

Free Market Cure reports on the wonders of Canadian health care:

It turns out that the rare identical quadruplets recently born in Montana were delivered in the U.S. because the Canadian health care system had (you guessed it) no available maternity beds.

The government works!

One thought on “Isn’t this what socialized medicine was for?

  1. theconverted August 27, 2007 at 10:35

    Well, lets not be to hasty in passing judgment. These people lived in a rural part of Canada where the Montana hospital was actually closer than one in Calgary as well. And Mark Steyn is a lying sack of neo-con shit. I have 3 children, all born since 1999 and I watch each being born – there was no waiting list for the maternity ward. None. Zip. Nada.

    The Canadian system has a lot of problems, not the least of which is its government monopoly. But that monopoly has always been in the field of insurance, not delivery of service. If one chooses to go to a hospital or clinic that has opted out of the system, you have always been able to buy health care in Canada.

    Doctors are all private business that bill the single payer system (or directly charge clients if they have opted out) – the provincial health plans. The problem is that the various provincial medical associations and the CMA have colluded with the government over the years to be granted a monopoly over who can practice medicine. This cartelization has resulted in the associations purposely keeping the supply of doctors low, in order to boost the price for the doctor’s services and ensure each doctor (and thus the associations) are much richer. they ensure this position of power by using state laws and regulations to ensure that the doctor is the lynch pin of the system, the focus of all decisions, thus ensuring their power and the “need” for the doctor in the first place. In other words, if I have swimmers ear and need cortasporin drops, I need to visit my doctor in order to get a prescription, even if I know exactly what I need from a lifetime of having this problem. I cannot make an appointment with a specialist directly – I need to be referred by a GP. All due to provincial regulations supported and designed to keep doctors “needed” and constantly billing.

    So they keep the numbers of those “required” and “needed” doctors down.

    Less doctors equals less service and longer wait times.

    Let’s not go taking Mark Steyn’s opinion as gospel on Canadian health care – for the most part it works just fine for most people and that is the real problem. It allows the government sponsored cartellization to continue. If people realized they could get health care faster and cheaper with a true free market in health, they’d be all for it. Its ok to acknowledge the Canadian system is good and then point out how it can be much, much better without government interference.

    Our health care system is just a s modern and receptive as the one in the US, occasionally better. Lets not go off pretending its some Soviet-style breadline service, because it is not. If you do, most Canadians, who get very good (or at least good enough) service from the system, will dismiss you as a crack and never listen to the good arguments.

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