You guys provided some very interesting answers to my question about the recent Canadian Supreme Court decision.
ALPF thoughtfully sent me these letters to the Globe and Mail, which are excellent for getting the spectrum of opinion.
One commonly held point of view is that allowing private health insurance amounts to "Americanizing" the system. I would say those readers may not really understand what we have here in the US. The Canadian health care system won't be Americanized until it's abolished, and that's clearly not happening.
Since the decision applies only to Quebec, this strikes me as a very useful experiment, really. In a few years, the rest of the country will be able to judge if this was a fatal blow, a useful improvement, or somewhere in between.
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Having read all the letters, I have two additional thoughts.
One, several people mention that Paul Martin slashed funding to Health Canada, resulting in the current, infamous long waiting times. Is it possible this trend will be reversed any time soon? Meaning, will funding be restored? Or is that a thing of the past?
And two, on a personal note, I have concerns about finding a family doctor. Is it true this is very difficult in Ontario?
I have several ongoing health issues. My life took a very positive turn when I found a good doctor here in New York. I had been misdiagnosed - and accordingly mistreated - for seven years by an overbearing doctor who didn't listen. Finding a good doc who takes me seriously opened the door to a better life for me. I'm sad to leave her care, and finding a good doctor (with or without a shortage - just finding someone I trust) has been a concern in the back of my mind for some time - one of those nagging fears about the move. Will it really be that hard to find a doctor in or near Toronto?