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The Wall Tumbles
Grace-Marie Turner, Galen Institute, 6-9-05

The Supreme Court of Canada has overturned a Quebec law denying patients the right to purchase private health insurance. Turner recounts the context of the decision and predicts that it will have a ripple effect throughout Canada.

The equivalent of the Berlin Wall came tumbling down in Montreal today as the Supreme Court of Canada struck down a Quebec law that had banned private health insurance for services covered under medicare, Canada's socialized health care program.
"This is indeed a historic ruling that could substantially change the very foundations of medicare as we know it," Canadian Medical Association president Dr. Albert Schumacher said after the ruling. …

Liberals in the U.S. that admire the Canadian health care model should take note of the Canadian court’s ruling that Canada’s “right” to health care amounts to a right to wait in line.



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