There are two tiers of men with advanced prostate cancer in Ontario: Those who get access to a remarkable drug through private insurance, and those who get a death sentence.
The grim news is often delivered at the London Regional Cancer Program to men whose shoulders sag and jaws drop when told Ontario’s Health Ministry has for 15 months refused to pay for a medication covered by every other Canadian province.
“There’s shock, fury and dismay,” said oncologist Kylea Potvin. “Everyone thinks we have this wonderful universal health care system, but this is absolutely not the case. We’ve increasingly become a two-tier health care system where if you have money, you have access.” . . .
Now note this is exactly the kind of situation progressives like Mr. A propose. Sure he rants about the evils of a "mix and match, public and private" medical care. But when pushed he goes right to the socialism for needs, capitalism for wants and that medical care should be like public schools, where everyone can get something for "free" and if you want more you can pay more.
Well there's his dream right there.
Via Glenn Reynolds who notes on why the government mandarins just don't give prostate cancer victims the same priority as others: "(1) They’re men, and nobody cares as much if men die. (2) On average, they’re past their earning years and if they die earlier it helps the pension problem. And men who live too long are just a burden on society anyway."