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Father of Canadian health care disowns system, wants private sector involvement

Heartache for the socialized medicine proponents, eh?  The left has wanted us to emulate Canuckistan’s health care system, but even the “Father of Canuckistan Socialized Medicine” (unofficial title, mind you) sees his pet project as the abject failure that it clearly is.  From IBD:

Back in the 1960s, Castonguay chaired a Canadian government committee studying health reform and recommended that his home province of Quebec — then the largest and most affluent in the country — adopt government-administered health care, covering all citizens through tax levies.

The government followed his advice, leading to his modern-day moniker: “the father of Quebec medicare.” Even this title seems modest; Castonguay’s work triggered a domino effect across the country, until eventually his ideas were implemented from coast to coast.

Four decades later, as the chairman of a government committee reviewing Quebec health care this year, Castonguay concluded that the system is in “crisis.”

“We thought we could resolve the system’s problems by rationing services or injecting massive amounts of new money into it,” says Castonguay. But now he prescribes a radical overhaul: “We are proposing to give a greater role to the private sector so that people can exercise freedom of choice.

Castonguay advocates contracting out services to the private sector, going so far as suggesting that public hospitals rent space during off-hours to entrepreneurial doctors. He supports co-pays for patients who want to see physicians. Castonguay, the man who championed public health insurance in Canada, now urges for the legalization of private health insurance.

Well, well, well!  Say it ain’t so!  Who’d have thunk it, a Canuck realizing the wonders of capitalism and the free market and recognizing the pitfalls of socialism?  Pitfalls like these:

What would drive a man like Castonguay to reconsider his long-held beliefs? Try a health care system so overburdened that hundreds of thousands in need of medical attention wait for care, any care; a system where people in towns like Norwalk, Ontario, participate in lotteries to win appointments with the local family doctor.

Sick with ovarian cancer, Sylvia de Vires, an Ontario woman afflicted with a 13-inch, fluid-filled tumor weighing 40 pounds, was unable to get timely care in Canada. She crossed the American border to Pontiac, Mich., where a surgeon removed the tumor, estimating she could not have lived longer than a few weeks more.

De Vires is far from unusual in seeking medical treatment in the U.S. Even Canadian government officials send patients across the border, increasingly looking to American medicine to deal with their overload of patients and chronic shortage of care.

Since the spring of 2006, Ontario’s government has sent at least 164 patients to New York and Michigan for neurosurgery emergencies — defined by the Globe and Mail newspaper as “broken necks, burst aneurysms and other types of bleeding in or around the brain.” Other provinces have followed Ontario’s example. …

In closing:

However the candidates choose to proceed, Americans should know that one of the founding fathers of Canada’s government-run health care system has turned against his own creation. If Claude Castonguay is abandoning ship, why should Americans bother climbing on board?

But yeah…let’s base our health care system on Canada’s, eh?


June 27, 2008 - Posted by | big government, Canucks, health care, socialism


  1. The best way to fix healthcare is to remove from the process those who have nothing to do with healing the patient. That means taking the insurance company, the lawyers and the HMO administrators out of the equation. The ins co doesnt give a crap about how much YOU spend on you they care about how much THEY spend on you versus the group.

    Comment by WMD_Maker | June 27, 2008

  2. My standard complaint- If you can’t fix the VA system, why start another?

    Comment by Frznagn | June 28, 2008

  3. […] only gets worse. Our government is not set up to run private industry. Some reference reading… We thought we could resolve the systems problems by rationing services or injecting massive amount… Briefly, our findings are: No significant differences are evident in the four health status […]

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