Thursday, April 15, 2010

Iggy on and off health care user fees

Oh Iggy, will you ever learn...

And, leaving aside explicit measures in this week's Quebec budget, doesn't Charest's startling proposal to charge patients $25 per doctor's visit, however hypothetical, at least merit an expression of mild disagreement?

Apparently not. "In our opinion," Ignatieff said, "what matters is maintaining universality of access to the system. We believe, and it's a question of details, that Quebec's propositions conform to the Canada Health Act."   How's that for a stirring call to arms?

and then after a Liberal caucus meeting to the media...
I am saying no user fees,” he said. “I want to make it very clear that our party and I personally am a passionate defender of the Canada Health Act and we understand that provinces are facing substantial challenges facing the financing of their health care systems. 

In summary... "Health care user fees, but not necessarily health care user fees."

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