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Wednesday, 11 July, 2007

Can the Canada Health Act survive?

Chantal Hébert continues her Demise and Fall of Medicare trope, warning that complacency has led to a situation where .

Watching Parliament these days, it is hard to believe that a provincial challenge to the Canada Health Act could be only a few months away. Health care has no profile in the current House of Commons; it has fallen off the official opposition radar. If an election had taken place this spring, it would not have been a major issue. But that could change quickly.

Complacency about healthcare does indeed appear to be a real problem these days. Manitobans complained that "The refrain of 'hallway medicine' didn't seem to echo to the same degree even though in many ways the problem still exists," Dr Darcy Johnson, president of the Manitoba Medical Association, told me at the time.


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