Union-Based Letter to Premier Revealing by What It Doesn’t Say

In an open letter to Premier Jim Prentice, the union-supported Friends of Medicare [FoM], to no one’s surprise attacks the private health-care sector playing an essential role so that Canadians can have timely access to quality care. According to FoM, the latest Auditor General’s report [no date provided] on private clinics found “there is no clear benefit to private facilities providing publicly-funded services. It reduces transparency and is neither more effective nor more efficient than providing those services through the public system.” Of significance, FoM fails to identify “any clear disadvantage” from the private sector doing so, nor “any clear benefit” from the public sector having a monopoly.

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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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