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"Father" of Canadian Health Care Admits its a Failure

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Jun
27

Just yesterday, I wrote about how unpopular the British healthcare system has become. Today comes news that the man largely responsible for Canada's conversion to a single-payer health care system has admitted the system's failure:

"Back in the 1960s, (Claude) Castonguay chaired a Canadian government committee studying health reform and recommended that his home province of Quebec — then the largest and most affluent in the country — adopt government-administered health care, covering all citizens through tax levies.

The government followed his advice, leading to his modern-day moniker: "the father of Quebec medicare." Even this title seems modest; Castonguay's work triggered a domino effect across the country, until eventually his ideas were implemented from coast to coast."

Four 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."

As more and more nations throughout the world seek to infuse more private, market-based solutions into their government-controlled healthcare systems, for some reason lefties in this country want to make the same mistake that countries like Canada made decades ago. Let's hope voters in North Carolina and across the US wake up, or else we may be forced to confront "rationing services or injecting massive amounts of new money" into a system that even one of its pioneers admits to being a failure.

6 Comments on this post

  • Harry says:
    Jun 27 at 19:25

    Tommy Douglas is the father of Canadian Healthcare. He was recently voted Greatest Canadian for that fact.
    The guy you are talking about was the CEO of an Insurance Company (Laurentian Group Corp )
    Massive Fail
    WingNuts will believe anthing

  • Life Insurance Canada says:
    Jun 29 at 09:48

    Yes, it's discussed topic here. I think our system worked well, however, invisible(?) problems were piling deep inside. Spreading of private health insurance seems as a possible solution and since I am Toronto life insurance broker dealing private health coverage as well (until now strongly restricted and controlled area) I believe it's the only reasonable way. Let there be goverment coverage, but if people are willing to pay more for proper care, why to forbid it??
    Lorne

  • Andrew says:
    Apr 10 at 00:21

    Harry, you're none to bright. Even a cursory search on Google shows that the man was a co-author of the 1967 Castonguay-Nepveu Report, which set Quebec on the path to socialized medicine. In fact, the populace often refers to the health card itself as a Castonguette – this is how deeply associated the man is with socialized medicine. I don't know who you're calling a wingnut, but I have the deep suspicion you were looking in a mirror at the time.

  • Lauralie says:
    Aug 23 at 19:43

    Yeah, better to do it the USA way, where people who pay for insurance have the insurance companies deny them care, push doctors to refuse tests, and for those who can't afford insurance?…Oh, just dump them on the road in front of a homeless shelter because their too drugged up to tell you where they live. Don't beleave it? LOOK IT UP.

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