Dr. Brian Day, a Vancouver orthopedic surgeon, runs a clinic that combines a private practice with his medicare practice. Dr. Day has the temerity to challenge the Canada Health Act and is fighting for Canadians right to health care free of lengthy waits for consultations or care, by paying for it out of their own pockets. In a country that prides itself on its democratic principles, that would seem to be a perfectly reasonable position to take but many Canadians seem to think that other people's right to buy health care with their own money, somehow depreciates what they have come to regard as the entitlement of 'free' health care. Instead of considering the injection of private funds into the health care system a benefit, they are irrationally afraid that the second class health care they are getting now, will become third class. They are afraid that some folks would be able to buy better health care than they can get 'free'. (There is no free health care!) The wealthy already have a two tiered system in that they go to the United States or other places and inject their funds into their systems instead of our own.
A significant part of our health care budget does not go to health care at all. It goes toward supporting an ever growing hierarchy of politicians and administridiots who look after themselves obscenely extravagantly and who are more interested in appearances than in the quality of health care. It funds programs that are politically popular even when they have little (or sometimes nothing) to do with health care. In face, the administration of health care in this country is a disgrace.
Dr. Day is fighting for a principle, even though a concurrent private system would benefit him financially, the litigation costs will be so outrageous that he could lose everything. (The cost of legal proceedings is so expensive that it is the most explicit example of the fact that equality for all is a myth perpetuated by the ruling classes to try to 'fool all of the people all of the time', a goal in which have largely succeeded.) Dr. Day is simply saying that Canadians should have the right to buy health care as they have the right to buy anything else and that the additional money they would inject into the health care system would free up resources for others. Those who would pay for the services are not looking to get more than their share. To the contrary, they are offering to contribute additional funds to support the health care system in addition to the taxes they already pay. In fact, as mentioned above, wealthy and not so wealthy patients already have a two tiered system. They can and do leave Canada for their care and contribute to other countries. In 2014, 52,513 Canadians traveled abroad to get health care and the number is rising and will continue to rise until we take the control of the health care system out of the hands of self-serving politicians and administridiots and place it back into the hands of those who provide it and understand it.
Our health care in Ontario is declining rapidly.
Is no one interested?? Apart from the sick, that's the way it looks and if the folks don't smarten up, they are going to get some very nasty surprises. Soon. Good luck, Dr.Day.
“If you think health care is expensive now, wait until you see what it costs when it's free.”