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Got a boo-boo? Need a doctor? Better off in the Great White North

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My kid had an ‘owwie’ the other day so we took him to the local hospital, waited our turn based on the appropriate level of the “owwie”, got fixed up and we were on our way. 

No long wait, no reassigning to other hospitals, no insurance forms, no out of pocket costs. It’s the only health service way our generation knows and we should be thanking Tommy Douglas for his vision for taking the lead and pounding on the political desks in the last 1950’s and early 1960’s for an improved health system (the program was actually implemented by the next premier Woodrow Lloyd, in 1962).  It gained further momentum, when  Prime Minister Diefenbaker decreed in 1958 that any province seeking to introduce a hospital plan would receive 50 cents  on the dollar from the federal government and  Prime Minister Pearson created full federal/provincial program in 1966.

And now the US version of fixing an “owwie”………..


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January 7, 2010 at 2:49 pm

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