Canada Letter: How can it happen here?

ThisNew York Times ‘Canada Letter’ is a welcome contribution to the exposure of the evils of private care facilities.

My only problem with the article is Susan Bartlett’s reference to reticence about complaining out of “deference for our health care system”. These loathsome private facilities are not part of Canada’s public health care system, but rather have been allowed to encroach on and exploit that system by right wing politicians eager to turn that system into an American-style profit generation machine. (And indeed when Bartlett first did her research the situation may have been different, as there are many cases of former public and non-profit facilities having been bought out or forced into management contracts with private for-profit operators.) I’d say such things should happen only “over my dead body” but sadly am reaching the age where that is becoming more and more likely.

Leave a Reply