Ms. Michelle Dockrill (Bras d'Or, NDP)
Mr. Speaker, I have good news and bad news for Canadians today.
The good news is, two-tier health care is not a threat any more. The bad news is, it is a reality.
Alberta's first private hospital is now up and running; a private for profit hospital where those who can afford to pay get service and those who cannot are left behind.
Allowing a private hospital to operate paves the way for two-tier health care. The government, egged on by the Reform Party, is standing aside to let it happen. This new private hospital is chomping at the bit to set up shop in Toronto, Edmonton and Vancouver.
Canadians want the Minister of Health to take action, not to sit idly by as foreign companies line up to rake in big profits while they dismantle medicare.
Surely patient care must always come before profit.
Subtopic: Health Care