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Articles about access to Canadian healthcare that should concern everyone

I live in a border region and local health care folk frequently talk about Canadian medical tourism.  A week or so ago Buffalo Business First published this article about the increasing trend for our northern neighbors to cross the border for elective surgeries, emergency room visits, and diagnostic procedures in order to avert the long wait times that are commonly associated with the Canadian care system.

http://www.bizjournals.com/buffalo/news/2016/01/29/nearly-1-000-canadians-treated-at-wny-hospitals.html


The article discusses the issue from the grim perspective of how this is all a revenue opportunity for Western NY hospitals.  That may be true but it is probably the most immoral spin that you could possibly put on this ethical morass.

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Cue article number two - a story that gives us a polarizing different perspective on the lack of access to care in a socialized system.  Laura Hillier was an 18 year old young girl who died from leukemia while on a waiting list for  a bed even t…