Canadian Healthcare: A Half Century of Broken Promises

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Gairdner, The Trouble with Canada . Yes, they could, and in 1966, Canadian politicians took that power unto themselves, then promptly reneged on their promise to provide universally accessible healthcare for everyone.

In the 2005 Chaoulli decision, Justices of the Supreme Court of Canada noted that patients in Canada die as a result of waiting lists for universally accessible health care. Year after year, «wait times» in Canada tend to increase, not decrease.

The logical solution is to return healthcare to the private sector. However, heartless politicians and bureaucrats ignore this solution, and they cruelly forbid patients on their waiting list from accessing private healthcare options in Canada, thereby condemning many of them to death. Despite the government’s growing incompetence, a more recent court ruling affirmed the government’s position that people must be denied the freedom to pursue private healthcare options in Canada. « Day argued that the province’s ostensible ban on this type of privately funded healthcare violates the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

While the court ruling acknowledged the plight of thousands of patients on waiting lists, it simultaneously denied them the right to do anything about it». Shockingly, as Justice John Steeves affirmed the illegality of voluntary exchanges between patients and doctors unimpeded by government conditions, he irreverently declared that this does not violate these individuals’ right to liberty under the Charter. The Charter is part of Canada’s Constitution.

Among other things, these constraints include rules about which medical practitioners may offer their services, which services they may offer, and at what prices they may offer these services. This clearly interferes with people’s «ability to make fundamental personal choices.» Yet while this deprivation of liberty is beyond dispute, Steeves denies it. The courts will continue to support politicians and bureaucrats. They are dead because the government denied them the right to use their own money to save their own lives by purchasing private healthcare from willing providers in the Canadian marketplace.

The inhumane treatment of Canadian patients will become more widespread, and many more will die.

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Source: Lee Friday | Mises Institute 

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