#1 Canadian Health Care We So Envy Lies In Ruins, Its Architect Admits
06-27-2008, 10:30 AM
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As this presidential campaign continues, the candidates' comments about health care will continue to include stories of their own experiences and anecdotes of people across the country: the uninsured woman in Ohio, the diabetic in Detroit, the overworked doctor in Orlando, to name a few.
But no one will mention Claude Castonguay — perhaps not surprising because this statesman isn't an American and hasn't held office in over three decades.
Castonguay's evolving view of Canadian health care, however, should weigh heavily on how the candidates think about the issue in this country.
06-27-2008, 10:46 AMFour 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.
noonwitchGuest06-27-2008, 04:14 PM
I remember visiting Canada in the 70s, when their health care system was new. My mom broke her fingers, and as a guest, she had to pay only for the X-ray, which back then cost less than $100. My parents were real impressed, at first, but my dad is a businessman who paid for his employees' health care and he said "this can't work for a whole country in the long run".
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