Health Care: Not For Sale

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HEALTH CARE: NOT FOR SALE A number of polls conducted in Canada show that adequate healthcare is the number one concern of the vast majority of Canadians. The transformation of Canada's healthcare system is inevitable, Canada?s health care system is in crisis. There are two main possible routes which can taken to solve this dilemma. The first route, the easier, consists of letting our healthcare system evolve in a direction similar to that of the United States. The second, more difficult route requires inventing a new efficient system respectful of the wish for equality in this country and responsive to the desire of each citizen to be able to act independently and responsibly. If we take that route, we will transform the current system, while upholding the fundamental principles for which it has been acclaimed worldwide. Canada's government for the past few years is under a lot of pressure to find basically an alternative for its current health care system.

These days, health care funding has been limited because of federal and provincial efforts to eliminate deficits, providing less and less money to the system. The results from this cutback has been hospital closures, staff layoffs, and reduced funding for advances in medical technology. Even though Canada?s present health care system guarantees, in theory, that the same services are available to rich and poor alike, the Conservative Party government, in Alberta, has introduced the beginning of the push for privatization that may change this. A bill was passed recently in spite of massive opposition from labour and community groups, allowing private companies, most of them based in the United States, to set up and operate clinics in competition with public hospitals. This proposal alternative of privatizing health care, however, will lead to numerous disadvantages for the recipients.

One major disadvantage...