Private Health Care Emerging in Canada

Isn’t it interesting. Politicians here in America, like Hillary Clinton, push for a nationalized healthcare system like that in Canada. Meanwhile, private health care in Canada is growing because the nationalized healthcare system is breaking down.

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Feb. 23— The Cambie Surgery Center, Canada’s most prominent private hospital, may be considered a rogue enterprise.

Accepting money from patients for operations they would otherwise receive free of charge in a public hospital is technically prohibited in this country, even in cases where patients would wait months or even years in discomfort before receiving treatment.

But no one is about to arrest Dr. Brian Day, who is president and medical director of the center, or any of the 120 doctors who work there. Public hospitals are sending him growing numbers of patients they are too busy to treat, and his center is advertising that patients do not have to wait to replace their aching knees.

The country’s publicly financed health insurance system — frequently described as the third rail of its political system and a core value of its national identity — is gradually breaking down. Private clinics are opening around the country by an estimated one a week, and private insurance companies are about to find a gold mine.

The health care in Canada is not free of charge as this article tries to assert. Canadian citizens pay good money in taxes for their broken healthcare system which then requires them to wait months for necessary procedures.

Now, they have to pay out even more money on top of their already high taxes so they can go to a private medical center to get timely health care.

Hat tip: Betsy’s Page

Update: Viking Pundit discusses this issue as well as.

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