How Pierre Trudeau duped Canadians into taking pride in their substandard health-care system
The idea of equal treatment for everybody, regardless of their means, was always just a socialist fairy tale. By banning private medicine, Trudeau drove 10,000 doctors out of the country in the first couple of years. Our ratio of doctors to population is inferior not only to almost every other advanced country in the world, but even to such places as Argentina and Cuba. With an insufficiency of doctors and no user fees to discourage frivolous recourse to the health-care system, we are stretching an ever-tighter amount of available medical services over a steadily growing population. As a result, we end up rationing health care.