Canada and Socialized Medicine

             Canada's healthcare system has been the envy of many western industrialized countries for years. England's Prime Minister Winston Churchill inspired it in 1948 when he said: "The discoveries of healing science must be the inheritance of all [...] Disease must be attacked whether it occurs in the poorest or the richest man or woman, simply on the ground that it is the enemy [...] Our policy is to create a national health service in order to secure that everybody in the country, irrespective of means, age, sex, or occupation, shall have equal opportunities to benefit from the best and most up-to-date medical and allied services available" (Wollstein 23).
             Completed in 1970, this socialized health plan provides free public healthcare. Every Canadian receives free doctors' visits, free hospital care, free surgery, and free medicine while in the hospital. So well known and regarded, Canada's healthcare system has long been looked to as a shining example of what socialized medicine could be and even won an international award for excellence in 1993. Even though Canada's Healthcare plan has had such a positive history, it is now plagued with problems. Some of these problems include lack of doctors, lack of beds and supplies, and very long waiting periods for medical attention. Because of these problems arising in Canada's healthcare, there has been quite a debate going on in Canada over socialized medicine. Many people argue that these problems are due to the fallacies of socialized medicine claiming, "Socialized medicine, like all other forms of socialism, is a worldwide failure. As people throughout the world from the Soviet Union to South America are learning, socialism cannot work. Socialized medicine results in skyrocketing demand for nominally "free" healthcare, doctors being over-burdened, medical services steadily deteriorating, and endless waiting periods for health services" (Wollstein 24).
             Others, who are for socialize...

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