Friday, June 10, 2005

Medicare Finally Has a Chance

Colby Cosh at colbycosh.com, a freelance writer out of Alberta, wrote a cogent piece on The Supreme Court ruling regarding the Chaoulli and Zeliotis case against the Quebec government health care system. What makes the ruling all the more remarkable is that Dr. Chaoulli, a law school drop-out, a non-lawyer, just a doctor, argued the case personally before the Court!

This ruling finally blows fresh winds of change into Canada's current two-tier system. Oh yes, we have a two-tier system. One for most of us; another for those who can afford to go down to the States for their timely medical care. The problem with most pundits who like to bulldoze over anyone who even thinks that perhaps we should look at alternative ways of administering health care, is that they see only two ways of doing so: the current state in Canada, and the U.S. model. However, there are all sorts of successful European models that maintain universal health care, ensure timely access to excellent health care, but don't use either Canada's or the U.S.'s approach.

It boggles my mind that in one breath people who call themselves compassionate, in the next say that it's acceptable for the sick and injured to suffer, have poor quality of life, and even die in order to maintain our current two-tier health care system. They'll even find patients on 1-year waiting lists who agree with them so as to prop up their arguments. But the Court has turned the tide against these so-called advocates for the sick and is forcing our governments to get off the crapper and look at successful models of medicare in other countries and fix the system for all Canadians, so no-one has to suffer or die needlessly. The Court has now given power to the true, compassionate advocates for the sick and injured. Wow! What a milestone!

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