Friday, June 10, 2005

 

Still Believe Alberta is Ruining Medicare?

Here are some of the comments made by the Supreme Court in their decision on Canada's Health Care system:

'The Canada Health Act doesn't prohibit private health-care services, nor does it provide benchmarks for waiting times. The act is only a general framework that gives considerable latitude to the provinces, which already manage a mixture of public and private services'.

'In reality, a large proportion of health care is delivered by the private sector.
In 2001, such private-sector services as home care, physiotherapy and blood work accounted for nearly 30 per cent of all health-care spending in Canada'.

'Three provinces already offer their residents access to the private health sector, the judge said. (Alberta, despite being the poster child of private medicine, is not among them'.) Saskatchewan, New Brunswick and Newfoundland and Labrador already are open to the private sector. New Brunswick allows doctors to set their own fees, while Saskatchewan gives that right to doctors who don't participate in the public health-care plan.


Now that the Supreme Court of Canada has confirmed that Alberta is not only not ruining the Canadian Health Care system but is in fact abiding by the rules, can Albertans expect an apology for all the cheap shots that the federal cabinet has taken at Alberta and Ralph Klein, over the past several years in order to score political points with the ever gullible voters of the rest of Canada - and even the bleeding hearts of Alberta itself?

Allan Rock, Anne McLellan, Jean Chr├ętien, Paul Martin (to name a few): did you purposely lie to Canadians about the state of healthcare in Alberta? Or was your understanding of the facts so negligible that you simply didn't have any idea what you were talking about? And while we're on the subject, how is it that there was never a hint of criticism of Saskatchewan, New Brunswick or Newfoundland? Could it have something to do with the number of Liberal voters in those provinces?

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