Ohio Roundtable: The Public Square - Canada's Doctors Fleeing
Canada's Doctors Fleeing
Having trouble finding a good doctor? It could get worse.
Despite the huge debate over federalizing health care that happened throughout 1993 and
'94...remember that? But Congress seems to have forgotten; they're at it again, tinkering
with new federal guidelines that increase the authority of Washington, D.C., over your
At the same time, reports are flowing out of Canada that further substantiate the
pending collapse of the Canadian socialized medicine program. Specialists, GPs, family
docs - they're deserting Canada in droves, totally disgusted with the socialist medical
There are only 55,000 doctors in Canada to start with. In 1994, 410 quit, most of them
moving to the United States. This exile rate has doubled in the last five years. Why are
the doctors leaving?
Well, it's not because of the money. The doctors are leaving because they are fed up
with government regulations and bureaucracy. They are fed up with the lack of technology,
such as MRI machines that are available for them to practice medicine with, and, most of
all, the doctors object to not having the freedom to fully give their patients the best
Once again, we need to hear this warning. We need to look, and listen, and pay
attention. Government involvement in health care is a very dangerous matter.