23 April 2005

Canada's Club Med

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Patients fed up with long waiting lists in Canada are fuelling a fast-growing demand for brokerages that arrange speedy service in the United States as well as in Quebec’s burgeoning for-profit medical industry.

Brokers and other similar companies say business has as much as tripled over the past year as Canadians apparently become more comfortable with paying for diagnostic tests, second opinions and even surgery.

They say their patients include not only the wealthy but also middle-class people willing to take out second mortgages or lines of credit to pay for faster care.

Apparently the solidarity in nationalized health care in Canada is breaking down as people people realize that you won’t be turned out in the rain as an exile for popping over to the Ugly Country to the South.

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