Public healthcare

He’s certainly not speaking for me, nor the average Canadian, nor the Canadian Doctors for Medicare

Re: Anthonie Den Boef’s letter (The NEWS, May 21).

He may be speaking for himself and the one per cent who would like to go to the front of the line and can afford it, but he’s certainly not speaking for me, nor the average Canadian, nor the Canadian Doctors for Medicare (CDM).

Here are some important facts presented by the CDM that should disabuse Canadians of the misinformation/propaganda spewed forth from the proponents of privatized healthcare:

• for-profit clinics “cherry pick” the healthiest patients who are the cheapest to treat.

• if you become too sick, they send you back to the public system.

• for-profit clinics lengthen wait times by draining the public system of health professionals.

• for-profit clinics only exist where there is money to be made. Money is the priority, not your health as it should be.

When talking to people about the above I find it very discouraging that many of them don’t seem to understand or care about what the destruction of our healthcare system means for their children and  grandchildren.

The third point above alone (which is just common sense) should be enough to set off alarm bells for anyone who has given this issue even rudimentary consideration.

It may already be too late but every concerned British Columbian should at least let their MLA and premier know that they support the CDM and do not support privatized healthcare.

James PatersonQualicum Beach

Just Posted

Potty Mouth artist creating Funky Fungus

Parksville-Qualicum’s Carmen Lutz has people chuckling with her hand-made, rustic mugs

Qualicum Beach charity hosts fundraiser for Guatemalan students

Aldea Maya has been working in the Central American country since 2012

Parksville Lawn Bowling Club on a roll for artificial turf

Project to cost over $500,000 but will save club money

More Parksville pop-up water parks planned

Fire department says Sunday, Aug. 18 next one on the agenda

Hi Neighbour Day celebrates 50th year in Errington

Pancake breakfast, parade, zucchini race and more planned for this years’ festivities

70 years of lifting: Canadian man, 85, could cinch weightlifting championship

The senior gym junkie is on track to win the World Masters Weightlifting championship

U16 B.C. fastpitch team named national champs

Girls went undefeated at national tournament in Calgary

Advocates ‘internationalize’ the fight to free Raif Badawi from Saudi prison

Raif Badawi was arrested on June 17, 2012, and was later sentenced to 1,000 lashes and 10 years in jail for his online criticism of Saudi clerics

Canadian entrepreneurs turning beer byproduct into bread, cookies and profits

Some breweries turn to entrepreneurs looking to turn spent grain into treats for people and their pets

Canada ‘disappointed’ terror suspect’s British citizenship revoked

Jack Letts, who was dubbed “Jihadi Jack” by the U.K. media, has been detained in a Kurdish prison for about two years

Chrystia Freeland condemns violence in Hong Kong, backs right to peaceful assembly

There have been months of protests in the semi-autonomous region

Most Read