Predictably, the Fraser Institute has joined the C.D. Howe Institute‘s recent call for the elimination of the Canada Health Act. The new offensive takes the form (for now) of a column published at Troy Media by economist Mark Rovere. He argues, on behalf of the Institute, that Canada should adopt Dutch-style compulsory private health insurance (the same thing the Obama administration was gunning for in the U.S., though Rovere doesn’t mention this). Various vague promises about cost savings are mentioned. He forgets to mention that the Fraser Institute’s backers include private medical companies. According to Allan Gotlieb, a former diplomat who now chairs two of the country’s largest conservative foundations, .
First of all, I would be very hesitant to take healthcare advice from any organization which believes that cigarette smoke does not cause lung cancer. (By the way, one of those disreputable studies can still be downloaded from the Fraser Institute website. Its distribution was paid for by tobacco companies.) I personally believe that the Fraser Institute’s current work on healthcare is also being funded by corporations in the medical sector who have a very definite interest in killing off universal non-profit healthcare so that they can sell us expensive insurance products and private healthcare.Tweet