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Saturday, June 11, 2005

Canada Gets Private Health Insurance?

A court ruling in Canada may have put that country on the track to private health insurance.

Apparently, private health insurance for necessary medical procedures was actually banned in Canada. I guess they didn't want people jumping ship from the government program. That they had to pass a law to prevent people from trying to escape such a system should probably tell the bureaucrats who came up with the idea of government backed health insurance something.
Four of seven Supreme Court justices ruled Thursday that the Quebec ban on private insurance for medically necessary services violates Quebec's charter of rights because care in the public system is so slow it endangers life and personal security.

"The prohibition on obtaining private health insurance, while it might be constitutional in circumstances where health care services are reasonable as to both quality and timeliness, is not constitutional where the public system fails to deliver reasonable services," wrote justices Beverly McLachlin and John Major.
People who work hard and prosper should be able to enjoy the rewards of their success in a system that is responsive to their needs.

(Hat tip: Say Anything.)


Anonymous Anonymous said...

What I think is that its ridiculous that people can't pay the surgery that they need if they want to. Its a real mess right now as you can see with the waiting lists being so long. I don't understand why the Saskatchewan Premier Lorne Calvert would be so "disturbed" about people being able to get what they need more quickly...

Sun Jun 12, 12:42:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A lot of talk and blather about "Activist judges" went on along with the usual fallout and handwringing evident in letters to the editor of the various newspapers. But I'll tell you who the TRUE activists were: The three justices who were too worried about the fucking rich "getting to the front of the line"; and the lower court judges who previously ruled the opposite (leading to the appeal) and argued that the Group Right to Universal Health Care was more important than an Individual's rights! There's NOTHING constitutional about making a decision based on THAT!

Sun Jun 12, 12:45:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous kendy said...

they're worried because the rich will be able to get faster health care while the ones who may require a more delicate/time consuming/expensive procedure will not get the treatment they need. i think this will cause just as much as a public outcry as our failing health system already has. i can tell you that spending five hours in the emergency room is frustrating but there is nothing else that i (or my family) could really afford. it is another step to eliminate the middle class.

Mon Jun 13, 08:02:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Sodon said...

Kendy, you acknowledge that your health care system is failing, and yet you think no changes should be made to it? I also fail to see the logic in your "well if I can't get it, no one else should be able to either" argument. Allowing the supposed rich to buy better health care doesn't suddenly rob everyone else of any health care, period. I imagine it would seem unfair that HE can get his surgery now because HE has money, but forcing everyone to be equally unfortunate seems rather silly. I am sorry if I have money, but I fail to see why I should live in poverty just because you or anyone else has to.

I think it would be wiser to raise the common denominator rather than force everyone down to the worst possible, don't you?

Fri Jun 17, 03:53:00 PM EDT  

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