Public Health Care and Defining Canada: Readers Speak Out in the Canada Letter

The overwhelming consensus of Canada Letter readers, at least based on your emails, was twofold. Despite its flaws and regional variations, public health care is generally a key to defining Canada. And for many of you, it reflects a more collective spirit lacking in the United States, particularly now. Though, of course, not everyone agreed.

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  • If a failed system defines Canada, then Canadians are failures.

    Doing things to be contrary to the Americans is not a mark of individuality, ingenuity or strength but of pettiness and retardation.

    • Clausewitz

      Your average Torontonian still believes what makes them Canadian is that they are not American. Nothing like a good old fashioned Canadian “Smugging”. Assholes.

  • simus1

    The Canadian Health Care System at its heart is neither efficient, economically sustainable, or logical. You have a system where GPs must overload themselves with patients to make a living while at the same time they are being compelled to act as gatekeepers for the rationed services of specialists higher up the food chain. The whole thing reminds of the old time popular summing up by customers of TCA (now renamed Air Canada):
    “First In The Air, Worst On The Ground”.

    • Clausewitz

      Every Canadian has a right to die on a waiting list, unless you’re a politician. Then you get a free all expenses paid trip to the Mayo Clinic.

    • tom_billesley

      As long as the important stuff like sex reassignment surgery gets done.