I know it's not Tuesday, but tradition is tradition. There's been a big broohaha lately in Ontario regarding a young boy with a severe, rare degenerative eye disease. Evidently treatment for the condition is not offered in any Ontario hospital, but it is available across the river in Michigan. To date, the family has been footing the bill for his treatments, since the provincial government of Ontario has denied them coverage. Problem is, the same condition in another boy was treated, in Michigan, several years ago and the provincial government DID pay for it. Here's an article, if you're interested in this particular case. From personal experience, I've had far, far better health care in systems with privatization than I have in the public system. I had malaria in Dubai, and I'm convinced that if I had presented with it in Canada (due to specific drug sensitivities), I would have died. My cousin DID die in 2008 due to medical malpractice. Personally I wish my GP could be like my dentist, chiropractor or veterinarian: same day service, abundance of doctors to choose from and the ability to actively control your own treatment. But that's me. So, the question is: should a society have public health care, private health care, or a combination of the two? Do you believe that people should only pay for their healthcare through their taxes, or should there be a system in place where if you're willing to buy it, it's available to you?