It’s enough to make the average Canadian cry. The decent folk up north fervently defend their health care system from attack. But, it turns out, the vast majority are willing to do most anything to jump the medical queue. If paying off their doctor would move them ahead, well, let the favors and money flow!Read the rest. I just don't think you can claim to like your health care system unless you're willing to live with its provisions. By necessity that means not cheating. "Extra" payment to a doctor used to be allowed, but was specifically prohibited by about the late 70's. The Feds withheld money from any Province that allowed "extra billing."
On "extra billing" and my own experience, see also: Ob-Gyns with 10 Month Waiting Lists
Canadian Medical Association President-elect Dr. Ruth Collins-Nakai, ... disputed that the medical association is endorsing private health care, as critics have charged.It's those damn queue jumpers that are the problem, who are they to judge need OR ability to pay when we've got bureaucrats to do the job?
The primary concern of physicians of Canada is that patients have timely access to quality care based on need, not ability to pay, said Collins-Nakai, a pediatric cardiologist in Edmonton.