This will never change until we change the health care system and stop the socialists from holding us hostage and forcing us to accept mediocrity in the name of universality. We need, like Western Europe and many other first world countries, to allow a mixture of public and PRIVATE health care insurance. Do you know in Canada, the cost for health care for 2008 is expected to be well in excess of $5, 200.00 for each person in Canada? That is for every man, woman, boy, girl, baby, grandparent... everyone in the country. A per capita health care expenditure of more than $5, 200.00.
I just moved back from the United States where I had much better insurance coverage than I am getting here. I have just pinched a nerve in my back in Ontario and because I can't find a family physician, I can't get help with the extreme pain because the emergency room and clinic doctors all say, "I don't know your history so I can't prescribe any pain killers." I am a six figure income earner... I am not a junky. I am in extreme pain, and can't get any help. It is the most disgraceful thing I have ever seen. A health care system that not only lets people fall through the cracks, it contributes to a person being placed in pain so bad he can't sleep at night, and not allowing doctors to turn their back on him.
In the United States, my private insurance cost a little under US$5, 200.00 per year. Yes there is exchange rate. But when you consider that my insurance there also covered dental, physiotherapy, chiropractor, eye exams, $150 towards eyeglasses, things that OHIP (Ontario Health Insurance Plan) does not cover, they more than makes up for the exchange rate. What is more important, in the United States I found a GOOD family doctor in a couple of weeks. One with hospital privileges. Something that is impossible to find in Kitchener-Waterloo.
OHIP... it should mean Ontario Health Impotence Plan. Ontario, forcing third world medicine on everyone, with no way to opt out.