Editor, Casa Grande Dispatch:
As it is now 2020, an election year, it is increasingly important that we examine the empty promises of aspiring politicians, including the drive to socialized medicine under the friendly veneer of “free health care." To witness the glories of government health care, all you need to do is step foot in a VA hospital. The inefficiencies and low quality of care are painfully apparent.
However, our neighbors to the north in Canada have socialized medicine. Surely Canadian patients are receiving better care than we are in the United States! Not so. Per the Fraser Institute, the median wait time to receive treatment from a specialist was 21.2 weeks in 2017. A 113% increase in the wait time for treatment in 1993. While there are many things that are admirable about Canada, their health care system isn’t one of them.
The increased interval of the wait times to receive treatment is one consideration that is largely ignored by the advocates of universal health care. It looks great on paper but ultimately fails in implementation. I am only addressing the allocation of services, I am not even venturing into the challenges of funding such a massive program. A policy based upon good intentions, but that doesn’t mean it will work.