In Friday's The Salt Lake Tribune, Sally C. Pipes wrote an editorial analyzing Canada's health care system based on her own firsthand experiences. According to Pipes, both her uncle and mother were denied adequate health care.
Pipes writes about fewer new drugs introduced in Canada compared to the United States, Canadian doctors making less than half of what American doctors are paid, and the long wait for many Canadian citizens to see a doctor.
Indeed, over 800,000 Canadians are currently on waiting lists for surgery and other necessary treatments. Many Canadians can't even find a doctor - about 10 percent are currently seeking a primary care physician. Canada now ranks 24th out of 28 countries in the number of doctors per thousand people, according to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. When the government took over the health-care system in the early '70s, Canada ranked second.
Pipes is President and CEO of the Pacific Research Institute, which is partially funded by the health care and pharmaceutical industry.
SOURCE: "Most Canadians Scoff at Portrayal of Their Country as a Health-Care Paradise" 08/10/07