1 The Canadian medical system is run by the Canadian government, from top to bottom. Private enterprise has been effectively outlawed. No doctor works for himself, he works for the government. Private hospitals and clinics are outlawed; so, too is medical insurance. That which is not considered to be "real medicine," is not run by the government; thus, there has been a huge build up of herbal doctors, massage therapists, spiritualists, and alike. Because people are effectively denied timely and effective medical services, they flock to the "quacks" who will see them, same day. Thus, the government run medical system not only has dried up real medicine, it has resulted in a pernicious system of nostrum-mongery.
2 See my essay, "The Siren's Song." Vote chasing politicians, here in Canada, have promised "free" medical care. The "64.2 billion" to which The National Post headline referred, is money, our tax money, that the Canadian federal government (read the clique of "elected" politicians) has been holding back on, for the past couple of years and are now magnanimously giving to the hospitals and the doctors through the various provincial accounts, just, on the eve of a federal election here in Canada. Quite aside from the argument that a government owned and operated medical system cannot possibly work, -- it is a great danger to the democratic process, as it gives the government huge spending powers which it uses to sustain the reigning bureaucracy, both political and medical.
3 See "On Competition & The Market"; and see my treatment of the Market, within my essay, "Nature Of Man."
4 For further, see my past commentary, "Medical Services."
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