But I thought their health care was so much better than ours, Part 2

O CanadaJim Macdonald with The Canadian Press reports on a health care crisis brewing in Alberta:

Stroke victim Ian Young says medicare founder Tommy Douglas would be “horrified” to see what’s happening to health care in Alberta as the province struggles to control spending.

Young says costs are being shifted onto patients and he fears that means some Albertans may avoid seeking treatment they need.

“There’s going to be more people not getting the care they deserve for financial reasons,” said Young, 45, who won an award of courage from the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital in Edmonton.

“Some people are going to go without or start self-medicating.”

All provinces are struggling to control health-care costs, but the situation in Alberta has become critical in recent months.

A source told The Canadian Press that the Health Ministry is facing a deficit of up to $1.3 billion. Premier Ed Stelmach confirmed in a year-end interview that the department is bleeding red ink.

Wait a minute!  What’s all this about “spending” and “costs” and “red ink”?  I thought health care in Canada was free?  I thought it was we troglodyte Americans with our private insurance that was the cause of expensive health care and millions of uninsured people?  Surely the laws of economics don’t extend beyond America’s borders, do they?

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