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O Canada: deciding who dies when

It’s not the cost, it’s the care — rationed in the name of holding down cost:

Democrats cobbling together the U.S. plan want to include a “public option” — a taxpayer-funded health-care alternative that would enable Americans to choose between private medical insurance plans or a government-backed system similar to Canada’s. Opponents of the public option maintain that Canadian-style health care would entail rationing, caps on care, bureaucratic interference in medical decision-making and even “death panels” deciding when the ill become too expensive to save.

Most Canadians believe this is a gross exaggeration of reality. But then how to characterize Ontario’s decision to cut off funding for colorectal cancer patients taking a life-prolonging drug, in order to save $9-million a year?

Avastin does not cure cancer, but it adds about nine months of survival for the patients who take it.  Apparently the Health Ministry of Ontario believes extending the lives of cancer patients isn’t worth the expense.

This is the unavoidable end of any government controlled health care plan.  Those who claim otherwise are naive or lying.

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