While Democrats in Washington extol the virtues of socialized medicine, Canada’s most populous province is beginning to move away from single-payer health care. Last month, Conservative Ontario Premier Doug Ford announced plans to increase its reliance on private healthcare providers.
The move is a necessary response to the ongoing crisis in Canada’s government-run health system. But it’s also a reminder that “Medicare for All” — the government takeover of the U.S. health insurance system that progressives like Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash., would like to foist upon American patients — would put their lives in jeopardy.
Accessing healthcare has long been a struggle for Canadians. And it’s grown worse in recent years. Typical wait times for specialist care exceeded 27 weeks in 2022 — a nearly 200% increase over 1993, according to a recent study from the Fraser Institute, a Canadian think tank.