BC blood plasma bill underscores NDP’s anti-private DNA

A second letter-to-the-editor the Vancouver Sun has chosen not to publish:

Anti-private, non-unionized anything in health care is part of the NDP’s DNA. So, NDP health critic Judy Darcy’s opposition to ban private blood plasma clinics in BC is predictable. It’s also farcical given that 80% of BC’s current supply of plasma comes from the United States.

 Now, there’s a Saturday Night Live [SNL] skit here.

·       We need to ban private, for-profit blood plasma clinics in Canada.

·       Why?

·       Because they are private sector and for-profit.

·       We need to ban paying blood plasma donors in Canada.

·       Why?

·       Because it would be un-Canadian to compensate them. And, it might compromise the integrity of the Canadian blood supply system.

·       But, if Canada doesn’t allow Canadian donors to be compensated, will we have enough blood plasma?

·       No problem. We’ll just keep doing what we’ve always done.

·       What’s that?

·       Buy from the United States where they compensate American donors and have lots to sell. And, by the way, where Canada doesn’t have any regulatory oversight and authority regarding the integrity of the blood supply system.

·       Oh, goody, goody. Medicare really does work.

Canada’s government-run health care system – Medicare -- is a monopoly that prohibits private hospital and private physician care. Medicare is a subpar performer, ranking 10th among 11 advanced countries. Canadians deserve much better! Patients deserve timely access to quality care and choice of hospitals and physicians. Taxpayers deserve much more value for their tax dollars.

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