Weeping mother testifies about Medicare’s failing her son

The “weeping, sorrow-racked mien” of the mother of a  20-year-old paraplegic has put a “human face” onto a BC trial about the constitutionality Canada’s publicly funded health-care system, i.e., Medicare, writes Ian Mulgrew of the Vancouver Sun. [October 5, 2016]  Walid Khalfallah, 20, became a hunchback when he was a teenager.Now he’s a paraplegic who also faces intellectual challenges.


Debbie Waitkus testified for four hours because her son “would become too emotional.” They have joined several other patients and two private clinics who argue it is unconstitutional  to block access to required medical procedures when Medicare fails to meet the needs of a patient. The BC government tried to block Waitkus’ lawyer from showing a video of her son when he was 15.

Justice John Steeves of B.C. Supreme Court is hearing the case. Proceedings have been scheduled to mid-December. Whatever the decision, it is expected to be appealed to the Supreme Court of Canada.

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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