Canada "re-evaluating" it's government run health care system

While Democrats in Washington have been busy putting greater government controls on health care in America, (and putting taxpayers on the hook for more health care related expenses), our neighbors to the north are taking a hard look at the costs associated with their government funded system.

Why?  Because the population is aging, and reality is beginning to set in concerning the government's financial ability to keep delivering on the commitment of "free health care".  Their government run system currently eats up about 40% of provincial budgets each year...and rising.  In Ontario alone, that figure is projected to be 70% in a little over a decade.

(Via Reuters)

Ontario, Canada's most populous province, kicked off a fierce battle
with drug companies and pharmacies when it said earlier this year it
would halve generic drug prices and eliminate "incentive fees" to
generic drug manufacturers.

British Columbia is replacing block grants
to hospitals with fee-for-procedure payments and Quebec has a new flat
health tax and a proposal for payments on each medical visit
-- an idea
that critics say is an illegal user fee.

And a few provinces are also experimenting with private funding for procedures such as hip, knee and cataract surgery.

It's likely just a start as the provinces, responsible for delivering
healthcare, cope with the demands of a retiring baby-boom generation.
Official figures show that senior citizens will make up 25 percent of
the population by 2036. ...

"We can't continually see health spending growing above and beyond the
growth rate in the economy because, at some point, it means crowding
out of all the other government services.

"At some stage we're going to hit a breaking point."

In other words, they realize they're finally reaching the end of the government credit card.  And take note of the types of reforms they're talking about: "fee for service", "private investment", fees for doctor visits, etc.  All (gasp!) free-market style solutions.

In the meanwhile, we move in the other direction here in America.

All around us, we're being confronted with the consequences of big government socialism.  From the Greek financial meltdown (dueto excessive government spending), to the bailouts of European banks (because of the meltdown in Greece), and now a realization of reality in Canada over it's health care program, the lessons are everywhere.  But the politicians in Washington aren't paying attention, at best.  At worst, they know exactly where big government is leading...and they want to go there.


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