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Canada Health Act violations occur nationwide, but provinces and feds illegally turn a blind eye

Enforcing law is government's responsibility, regardless of whether in agreement with it.

Attaran: What stops government from weakening system? Needy patients cry uncle, pay for what is freeApril 20, 2011: Amir Attaran, Research Chair in the Faculties of Law and Medicine at the University of Ottawa, writes in the Ottawa Citizen that any government wishing to be taken seriously as the responsible manager of Canada's health plan should enforce the Canada Health Act, which is frequently violated by private and public health service delivery providers, either for profit or to alleviate costs.

"It is a mystery. In poll after poll, Canadians finger health care as a vital election issue, but weeks onto the hustings, party leaders seldom discuss it.

That is lamentable: Canada's health-care system is at a crossroads greatly more complex than the campaign's glib talking points (heard enough about waiting lists yet?). The crossroads are medical and legal..."

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Posted: April 27, 2011

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