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August 18, 2009

Canada's Socialized Medicine Approaches Collapse

Posted by Dave Blount at August 18, 2009 8:44 AM

As the Dems dig themselves into a hole by attempting to impose Canadian-style socialized medicine on America, Canadians are trying to dig themselves out of the hole government control of healthcare has left them in.

The incoming president of the Canadian Medical Association says this country's health-care system is sick and doctors need to develop a plan to cure it.
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. …
"(Canadians) have to understand that the system that we have right now - if it keeps on going without change - is not sustainable," said Doig.

The good news for Canadians is at least they are moving — if far too slowly — in the direction of freedom and efficiency:

The pitch for change at the conference is to start with a presentation from Dr. Robert Ouellet, the current president of the CMA, who has said there's a critical need to make Canada's health-care system patient-centred. … Ouellet has been saying … "that competition should be welcomed, not feared."
In other words, Ouellet believes there could be a role for private health-care delivery within the public system.

Meanwhile, Comrade Obama continues his attempts to impose a type of healthcare system that all informed people know does not work, confirming that this is about expanding government power, not providing healthcare.

It's about one thing: government control.

On tips from Varla and J.