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June 11, 2005

Weekend Reading 6

There's No Place Like Home - What David Asman learned from his wife's month in the British medical system.

Court deals blow to Canada’s public healthcare - The Financial Times writes about a recent decision by the Supreme Court of Canada.

Canada's Supreme Court dropped a political bombshell on Thursday by ruling that a Quebec chemicals salesman is entitled to seek private health insurance to pay for a hip replacement operation, even though such coverage is forbidden under the public healthcare system.
Via Tom Hanna, who aptly titles his post: Canadians gain right US citizens take for granted.

And as a follow-up to the previous link, Nurses protest against health-care ruling

ST-HYACINTHE, QUE. – About 500 Quebec nurses demonstrated in St-Hyacinthe, Friday, to protest against Thursday's Supreme Court ruling that opens the door to private health care in the province. The nurses say allowing a private health-care system is dangerous, and they want Premier Jean Charest to do everything in his power to avoid it. Michèle Boisclair is the vice-president of the Quebec Federation of Nurses. She says a private health-care system won't reduce waiting lists in the public sector.

"They're [going to] drain our nurses," Boisclair says. "They're going to drain our [health-care professionals]. They're going to drain the doctors. So the waiting list is going to stay the same, and only the rich people are going to be able to get [this] care. But you have to be very rich." Boisclair says many Americans have to pay thousands of dollars each year for private health care. She says that will also happen in Quebec if Jean Charest doesn't find a way to override the Supreme Court ruling.

(Also from Tom Rants.)

Posted by joke du jour at June 11, 2005 07:02 AM

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