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Canadian politicians propose expansion of private health care

BMJ 1999; 319 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.319.7224.1520b (Published 11 December 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:1520
  1. David Spurgeon
  1. Quebec

    Canada's publicly funded, universal healthcare plan, which many Canadians consider the pride of their social security system, is currently being challenged by politicians urging more participation of private medicine.

    Ralph Klein, the premier of the western province of Alberta, has introduced legislation that will allow private clinics to perform major surgery, such as joint replacement, which under the Canada Health Act is illegal. In addition, Dr Keith Martin, the health spokesman …

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