Thursday, April 28, 2016

Privatizing CanuckCare©

We've written about the Canadian health care system many times over the years. It's "free," which means that one gets what one pays for. As with all such schemes, actual care is rationed, most often by the use of long wait times that work on the basis of attrition.

That's changing, however, at least in one Province:

"Wait times ... dropped significantly in the Saskatchewan province after private, for-profit clinics were introduced to the area."

On the one hand, this would seem blindingly obvious to anyone with even the most remote grasp of how markets work. But it's a hopeful sign that, at least for now, some government bureauweenie(s) "get" it.

Interestingly, this isn't the first time our Neighbors to the North© have considered privatizing at least a part of the health care sector.

From 2009:

"Hoping to capitalize on patients who might otherwise go to the U.S. for speedier care, a network of technically illegal private clinics and surgical centers has sprung up in British Columbia, echoing a trend in Quebec."

What's Canadian for "What took you so long?"

[Hat Tip: FoIB Holly R]
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