The saddest thing about the health care reform debate in both Canada and the United States is that those who advocate for government-run health insurance have no regard for the facts, and no apparent concern for the interests of patients. Bob Rae's misinformed commentary about the case of Shona Holmes is an example of this.
Recent research illustrates the cold, hard economic reality that we cannot rely on public funds alone to pay for the kind of modern health system we all want. We are near the limit of what taxpayers can afford and are facing significant trade-offs including reduced access to medical care and proportionally less spending on other public priorities. Private sources of funding are necessary to keep up with the demand for medical care and make it more efficient.