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Check out this article from the Fraser Institute. More and more articles like this are surfacing, pointing out that economic central planning (a concept long ago devastated by Bastiat, Hayek, Mises, Rothbard and others) in health care as in any other industry, is simply a disaster. The Canadian health care system is bankrupt, so they are eliminating services in order to stay afloat.
The article is heavy on facts and figures. Very tough arguments. Then, at the end, the author shows that strange, unmistakable and inexplicable attachment and regard for the very system he has just eviscerated.
What is it with this Canadian pride for their health care system? The problem with their system is not that some part of it is problematic. The problem is that, as the author says, two paragraphs before, that once government takes over health care, it becomes politicized. That government is involved at all, is the problem!
The author “had me at hello,” but lost me at goodbye. Not a good ending for this piece.
G. Keith Smith, M.D.