When Canada's state-run health system was in its first bloom, in the 1970's, Americans regularly trooped up here on inspection tours, attracted by Canada's promise of universal ''free'' health care. Today, however, few Canadians would recommend their system as a model for export.There's more:
In Toronto, Canada's largest city, overcrowding prompted emergency rooms in 23 of the city's 25 hospitals to turn away ambulances one day last week. Two weeks ago, in what one newspaper later called an ''ominous foreshadowing,'' police officers shot to death a distraught father who had taken a doctor hostage in a Toronto emergency room in an attempt to speed treatment for his sick baby.What would socialism be without waiting in line? Just a reminder: this is the statist New York Times reporting this. Are you ready for single payer in America??? Here's more on the myths of socialized medicine.
Further west, in Winnipeg, ''hallway medicine'' has become so routine that hallway stretcher locations have permanent numbers. Patients recuperate more slowly in the drafty, noisy hallways, doctors report.