Not only do they not want any private medicine in Saskatchewan, they want to ban the USE of private MRI results in Saskatchewan. Wow.
At issue is Resolution H5 from Health Minister John Nilson's own Regina Lakeview riding -- the fifth of 102 resolutions some 600 Saskatchewan NDP delegates will be debating at their annual convention in Regina this weekend. After a lengthy preamble that equates private diagnostic clinics with tobacco companies that engage in "deceptive marketing" and "exploit the fear, ignorance and pain" of sick people, the NDP resolution resolves the party to call on the government to "ban private medical diagnostic clinics in Saskatchewan."Exploiting fear, ignorance and pain. Hmmmm....that sounds really familiar. Where have I seen this tactic employed before?
It further asks for a ban on advertising private diagnostic clinics coming into Saskatchewan and the importing of test results from private diagnostic clinics into our public health care system."