No Harmony for Supply and Demand

Canadian Care


After a lot of questioning, poking in my ear with a thermometer (so he told me), shining a light in my eyes, he finally prescribes Tylenol. TYLENOL? To paraphrase Geoffrey Boycott, my mom could have prescribed Tylenol. I told him straight out, 'Doctor, I got an expensive health plan from work. Feel free to prescribe anything. Don't give me an over-the-counter stuff.'

Read about what the doctor did then.



Lots of doctors are excellent with well people. If there's anything wrong with you, they're not so good.

Here is an article in the New York Times, of all places, entitled "As Canada's Slow-Motion Public Health System Falters, Private Medical Care Is Surging". Who'd a thunk.

Isaac Schrödinger

Thanks for that NY Times link. This one sentence says a lot:
"The country's publicly financed health insurance system — frequently described as the third rail of its political system and a core value of its national identity — is gradually breaking down."

That is true: Canadians are really proud of their "free" and "humane" health care system. I remember talking to at least six different Canadians on this topic and only one of them supported the mere existence of private health care in Canada. They truly believed that Canada, as a whole, would get better health care services from a government monopoly. My small words to the contrary never made a difference in their lofty beliefs.

Finally, it seems that dire reality will rudely change their minds.

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