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Canada's 'Free' Health Care Has a High Price Tag
This piece, by John Fund, also focuses on Canada's anguished debate over the future of its government-run health system. While the Canadian Supreme Court has legalized the sale of private health insurance in Quebec Province, Canadian politicians and the public remain extremely squeamish about private funding—perhaps because Canadian health care is a cornerstone of the national psyche, and is therefore immune to rational critique.
For many Canadians their 37-year-old universal health-care system is the symbol of their national identity. Last November, Canadian Broadcasting held a contest to pick the greatest Canadian ever. The clear winner out of 1.1 million votes cast was Tommy Douglas, a politician known as the "father" of Canada's nationalized medicine.
Apparently in the Canadian system Fido gets to jump the queue while human patients must sit, and make do.
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