Saturday, February 11, 2006

Someone in Alberta finally steps up

While all the heavy lifting on health care reform has been happening in Quebec and British Columbia, Alberta has been a bastion of the status quo. Now, you wouldn't know that if you listened to the unions or even our own government (remember John Nilson urging Saskatchewan residents to call their Albertan ex-pat relatives and ask them to oppose Ralph Klein's "radical" health agenda?).

Now a private clinic is stepping up to charge user fees. The Alberta College of Physicians says this is a no-no. However, given the Chaoulli decision from the Supreme Court, this will not last a day in the courts. Canadians have a right to buy their own medicine -- especially if the government is deemed unable to provide timely health care. "Timely" is in the eye of the beholder.

It's about time somebody in supposedly free-enterprising Alberta stepped up and put it in writing.

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