Governments couldn't open new hospitals

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

Re: “A different take on two-tier healthcare”
Jan. 24, 2008

To the editor:
I like the tone of Malcolm Aboud’s comments. However, I don’t think any provincial government has the cash to build pay-for hospitals. The return on the investment is too unpredictable.

Let’s face it: 80 per cent of Canadians live within driving distance of the U.S. If you can afford it, then you’ve got the option of paying for capitalized medicine there (though the wait times for most Americans tend to be as bad as ours).

The ethical question, then, is whether Canadian insurance companies could offer insurance for for-profit hospitals, whether they are in the U.S, India or Singapore. Would it be so bad if people wished to pay the premiums and it took some of the burden off our system?
"Ian Silver
Philosophy IV

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