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Canada's Health Care System Has Been Diagnosed Terminally Ill

Canada's health care system has been diagnosed terminally ill. In coming president of the Canadian Medical Association Dr. Anne Doig says her country's health care system is in desperate need of treatment. According to a story from The Canadian Press:

Dr. Anne Doig says patients are getting less than optimal care and she adds that physicians from across the country - who will gather in Saskatoon on Sunday for their annual meeting - recognize that changes must be made.
"We all agree that the system is imploding, we all agree that things are more precarious than perhaps Canadians realize," Doing said in an interview with The Canadian Press.
"We know that there must be change," she said. "We're all running flat out, we're all just trying to stay ahead of the immediate day-to-day demands."

Paul Krugman points out that we're not exactly pursing this exact same system, but the principals are the same. And we should avoid the same traps. Just a thought. 

Read the whole story here.

Anthony Randazzo is Director of Economic Research

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Comments to "Canada's Health Care System Has Been Diagnosed Terminally Ill":

Phoenix G. | August 19, 2009, 3:45am | #

The Obamacare or healthcare reform bill is the hottest issue in the country. It has many critics like Betsy McCaughey who has gone on a real tear. Betsy McCaughey, a journalist of distinction and former Lieutenant Governor of New York state, has taken aim at Obamacare and especially Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, MD, brother to White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, and in her op-ed piece that's being billed as New York Post Deadly Doctors, she claims that the public health care plan will deny care to the mentally disabled and elderly. However, nothing in the bill has come to light that would indicate she's correct, and the oversight agency for the program would be only be staffed by physicians. Regardless of criticism by Betsy McCaughey and others, most still need payday loans for the most basic of care.

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