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June 10, 2005

Breaking the Medical Monopoly in Canada

From Canada: This is what happens when the state takes over medical insurance in the name of the people. The socialists stick you with a rule that you have to wait in line along with everybody else, even if you have the money to pay for private care.

They think itís fair that way. I donít. Whatís the point of earning and saving money if you canít spend it on yourself? In this case it is a man who needed a hip replacement, was suffering, and didnít want to wait a year for the government doctors to take care of him. The law of Quebec said the man could spend the money on a new car, or a bunch of steak dinners and movies, or a life supply of chocolate bars, but not on his own health. That would be un-egalitarian.

He has won in court. Good for him!

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Posted by Bruce Ramsey at June 10, 2005 02:46 PM



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