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Privatizing parts of the health care system will make things worse

Profits will motivate doctors to drive patients into private system.

Redford: Allowing privatization does not fix the public system.CALGARY, AB, August 24, 2011: A private health care system will not alleviate stress on the public system because the number of doctors will not increase, notes Naomi Lakritz of the Calgary Herald. Lakritz explains why wait times do not decrease, but rather, increase, when health care is privately administered, hinting that doctors themselves may eventually be to blame. Lakritz is reacting to pro-privatization comments made by Alberta Tory leadership candidate Gary Mar, and contrasts Mar's attitude towards privatization to another leadership candidate's, Alison Redford.

"Tory leadership candidate Gary Mar has been reading too much F. Scott Fitzgerald lately.

Fitzgerald's 1925 short story, Rich Boy, starts off: 'Let me tell you about the very rich. They are different from you and me.'

Mar thinks the rich are so different, that they should be able to buy their way back to health, while the rest of us unmonied members of the great unwashed queue up in the public system..."

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Posted: September 07, 2011

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