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By James Cook

Advocates of socialized medicine never pay attention to facts that show how it ruins timely health care. Here’s some quotes from the Regina, Saskatchewan, Leader Post that I read while on a recent hunting trip to Canada. “Surgical wait times dropped by 7.8 weeks in the past year, but Saskatchewan patients are still waiting as much as 25.5 weeks for treatment….Across Canada the total waiting time for patients between referral from a general practitioner and treatment, fell slightly this year, decreasing to 17.7 weeks in 2005 from 17.9 weeks in 2004.”

According to Nadeen Esmail, a health policy analyst, “these waiting times are the second longest that Canadians have ever experienced and they exist despite record levels of health spending and in spite of numerous commitments made by provincial and federal government.”

New York Times columnist, Paul Krugman, recently wrote a series of editorials endorsing socialized medicine. The Times has become a mouthpiece for far left economic and social experiments. How sad that a once great newspaper has degenerated into a propaganda organ for today’s sorry brand of liberalism.

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