Is Senator Obama? Is the State Senator formerly known as Zelda Gilroy, a woman who advocates a Canadian-style plan for California? Are you? Are any Americans?
I wasn’t until linked (from here to here) to a Mark Steyn column in Maclean’s (a Canadian news magazine) where I saw a box linking this editorial: Fixing a doctor crisis. Apparently, despite having nationalized health care and earning the accolades of Michael Moore and other advocates of a single-payer system, Canada has a shortage of doctors:
five million Canadians do not have a family doctor, one-quarter of Canadians can’t get same-day access to a physician, and wait lists are held responsible for $14 billion in lost annual economic activity
Doesn’t seem that state control has improved things in the Great White North. Noting these problems, the editors weigh in:
The bigger lesson here, however, is that any centralized plan for controlling our complex health care system will inevitably flounder on unintended consequences and bureaucratic hubris.
While Ms. Hillary relies on well-educated experts who work in think tanks and live in ivory towers where they ponder how best to provide health care to the masses, the editors of Macleans live in a nation with a system designed by such experts. And they believe Canada needs health care reform:
There needs to be a greater emphasis on choice, a bigger role for competing private sector delivery, less restrictive public funding models, greater use of technology and, oh yes, more doctors.
Greater emphasis on choice? Bigger role for competing private sector delivery? Are these guys Republicans? I thought they didn’t have conservative in Canada.
Having experienced nationalized health care in Canada, these guys want more choice and competition. Sounds like we could learn from them.