Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Another paean to private healthcare.

Sometimes, I despair. When will provincial governments stop looking at privatizing health care as a cure-all for the system? The inefficiencies of the private system are myriad; the advantages of the public are clear. Public healthcare is cheaper, per capita. Public healthcare is just -- governments are obliged to ensure it. Public healthcare is just good sensible policy -- healthy people are better able to work and contribute to the economy. And so on, and so forth. And yet... Nova Scotia looks to be trying it again: here and here. I have to say, though, that given the Nova Scotia Cons are in a minority position, this looks like a suicidal sort of way to shore up support in order to win a majority. The first government to introduce private healthcare will go down in flames once the electorate clues in that only the very wealthy will be able to get plans comparable to what we already have.

I wonder, then, if this is just a very cynical move for the Cons to try to pain themselves as defenders of medicare, in order to gain a majority and then be able to ram through legislation to destroy it.

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