[NOTE: Jerry Agar is guest hosting for Ezra Levant, who is in Israel with the Rebel team.] I will never forget the time I was part of a radio panel discussing health care in Canada and journalist Christie Blatchford said, “Canada has the best health care system in the world, according to the people who haven’t had to use it.”
I spent many years living in the USA, and one of the big surprises for me in coming back was to find that our substandard health care system is something so many people are fiercely proud of.
The U.S.-based Commonwealth Fund, in conjunction with the Canadian Institute of Health Information, just published the results of their international health policy survey. The results indicate that Canada is not just lagging, but is scraping the bottom when it comes to indicators of timely access to health care.
But too many thick-headed taxpayers would rather pay more and keep the wait times high than open even a few private clinics that would shorten wait times.
And anyone who thinks we do not already have a two or three tier system is an uninformed fool:
If you know a doctor, you can jump the cue. That is just how human beings operate.
Don’t get me wrong. I am not impugning the people who actually deliver health care.
The system is letting them down as badly as it is the rest of us, in the system that, among other western, developed nations, is the worst.
NEXT: Dr. Brian Day joins me to talk about why Canada should adopt some private health care options, like almost every developed country already have, then updates us on his court case regarding that very issue.
THEN: Christine Van Geyn, Ontario director of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation, reports on their new billboard campaign targeting a pro-carbon tax politician — that is, the province's Progressive Conservative leader, Patrick Brown.