Canada Single-Payer Healthcare Is Unsafe, Grossly Inefficient

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This year marks the 60th anniversary of the first provincial single-payer health insurance plan in Canada — and the 50th anniversary of the extension of single-payer across our northern neighbor.


And yet, across the border in the United States, Medicare for All seems like a progressive pipe dream. What gives? Or, as progressive activist Ralph Nader recently asked, why aren’t there “regular marches on Washington to pass Medicare-for-All?”


A quick look at the state of Canada’s single-payer healthcare system reveals the answer. Life-threatening treatment delays and subpar care are a part of daily life in a way that would seem unthinkable to patients in the United States.

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