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Socialized Medicine: Update From Canada

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Socialized Medicine: An Update From Canada

If you or a loved one was diagnosed with cancer, how long would you want to wait to begin medical treatments?

Dr. Bill Mackillop recently testified before the United States Congress. Dr. Mackillop is the Head of Radiation Therapy at Kingston Regional Cancer Center in Ontario, Canada. Congress asked the Canadian doctor what he would do if he had cancer.

Dr. Mackillop replied, "I would go to Buffalo or somewhere else in the US to get prompt treatment."

Little wonder Dr. Mackillop thinks that way. In Canada, cancer patients wait three times longer for treatment than in the U.S. A diagnosis of breast cancer means a woman has to wait an agonizing 44 days before the hope of treatment begins. Canadians who cannot afford to slide across the border for care are not happy. The Canadian government is promising to spend billions more, but experts agree:  even billions more in the socialized web of Canadian medicine won’t help much.

Americans spend more on health care than anyone in the world. For that price, we share in the world’s best health care system. Canada is the second most expensive system in the world, taking full advantage of the open border with the U.S. free-market medical system.

There are many politicians that believe our system should be converted to a socialized, government controlled Canadian system. But if that were the case, where would cancer patients in desperate need of care go for treatment? Maybe Mexico?

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