"Access to a waiting list is not access to health care," wrote Chief Justice Beverly McLachlin for the 4-3 Court last week. Canadians wait an average of 17.9 weeks for surgery and other therapeutic treatments, according the Vancouver-based Fraser Institute. The waits would be even longer if Canadians didn't have access to the U.S. as a medical-care safety valve. Or, in the case of fortunate elites such as Prime Minister Paul Martin, if they didn't have access to a small private market in some non-core medical services. Mr. Martin's use of a private clinic for his annual checkup set off a political firestorm last year.
Monday, June 13, 2005
Everybody knows health care is better in Canada--
Except the Canadians, who think it's crap. Make sure to try to read Krugman's piece (I haven't gotten it yet because I won't pay the NYT online subscription fe). Keep in mind he's a "noted economist" and he's a lot smarter than you and, gosh, his work is impressive. Who you gonna believe--me, or your lyin' eyes?