Canadian-Style Health Care? Be Careful What You Wish For.

It’s interesting that the people who have actually experienced Canadian health care are considerably less enthusiastic about it than Americans whose only knowledge of that system comes from the BS circulated in the mass media. Here’s a great post by Jeff Sandquist, a native Canadian who offers the following advice:

When you hear about promises of universal health care for all in the upcoming elections [and] folks present Canada as an ideal system to follow, look closely at the system being proposed and ask questions. Be careful what you wish for.

I hope the American electorate has enough sense to listen to people like Jeff.

Comments 2

  1. piglet wrote:

    So you think this is an enlightening post about Canadian health care: “My father is a textbook example in many year battle against Cancer.”

    Nice. On March 23d, you wrote: “The reliance on anecdotes by various partisans in the debate is, sad to say, due to intellectual laziness. It’s much easier to discuss the problems that Aunt Mabel had with some hospital in Dubuque than to pore over dry statistics relating to such things as per capita health care expenditures and their relationship to outcomes.”

    Nice embarassment you’ve created for yourself. With posts like that, nobody will ever take you serious ;-)

    Posted 28 Mar 2007 at 3:47 pm
  2. Catron wrote:

    Since the first line of my post contains a link to an earlier entry providing plenty of non-anecdotal data, it should be clear to the meanest intelligence that my point doesn’t stand or fall on the anecdote about Jeff’s father.

    Anecdotes are legitimate if used to augment objective data. It is the reliance on them as the primary foundation of an argument that I object to.

    And, speaking of “creating embarassments,” your last sentence should end with the adverb “seriously” rather than the adjective “serious.”

    Posted 28 Mar 2007 at 5:46 pm

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