It’s easier to have an opinion than to rely on it

Everyone complains about the health care system in Canada. We even make fun of it. For example,


Two patients limp into two different medical clinics with the same complaint. Both have trouble walking and appear to require a hip replacement.

The FIRST patient is examined within the hour, Is x-rayed the same day and has a time booked for surgery the following week.

The SECOND sees his family doctor after waiting 3 weeks for an appointment, then waits 8 weeks to see a specialist, then gets an x-ray, which isn’t reviewed for another week
And finally has his surgery scheduled for a month from then.

Why the different treatment for the two patients?


The FIRST is a Golden Retriever.

The SECOND is a Senior Citizen.

Next time take me to a vet!

Truer words were never spoken but why the difference? Because the senior citizen (unless he’s a politician or a politician’s friend) is forced to rely on the public health care system while the dog benefits from an entirely private system.

Pit a public system vs. a private system and the private one will always provide better results for the same money or the same results for less money – usually both.

People are too content to criticize something but then sit back and accept it as if it just has to be that way, like the weather. Public systems are not artifacts of nature, they are relics of a failed philosophy. If we place any value in our own judgment we ought to act on it and not just complain.

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