[quote=“Ivan”]If you needed a hip replacement, would you wait six months to show your support for universal healthcare if there was a private clinic that could do it in three weeks?
I think you’re confused. There’s nothing stopping you from paying for a hip replacement if you want to pay for it.
That “alternative” always has, and always will exist. I think you’re assuming that people don’t currently have choice – they do. If you want to pay the full cost of a hip replacement and have it done on your terms, go for it. You can just jump over the border and do it.
That’s not what this is about. This is about making that the only option.
Right now, the federal government funds a lot of the public health system by giving the provinces money. There are strings attached to that money. If a province doesn’t want to follow those rules, they don’t have to take the money.