And so my political posts begin... As I said elsewhere, this blog is also a soapbox. Caveat Lector.
I have a different opinion on healthcare than many Canadians, including some in my own family.
I believe in providing some level of care to all, regardless of ability to pay BUT I believe that a single-payer system such as the one we have in Canada is unfair and fundamentally broken.
Unfair because it restricts choice. In essence, why can I choose to send my kids to private school but not have the option of sending them to a private doctor, to be paid either out-of-pocket or through a private insurer?
I find it utterly unfair as well that there IS a two-tier system already, but one where the privilege is obtained with influence, not money (which happens to be a lot more 'democratic' than "who you know"). Professional sports athletes, politicians, cases handled by the WSIB (Workers Insurance Board), etc...
Or worse, the issue is addressed based on political concerns. The recent saga of approving Herceptin is an example. http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/story/2011/03/21/herceptin-coverage-caner.html
Broken because it costs too much and has no real incentive to improve. I tend to agree with the notion that once we stop having to pay for something ourselves, we lose the interest into how much something costs, hence costs skyrocket.
On that notion, I appreciated two posts I came across recently:
There's a lot to discuss about healthcare, but as Canadians (and Ontarians) we should be concerned of surrendering freedoms to government under the mistaken impression that, when the time comes, the government "will be there" to support us to a level we want.