Alberta Patients Challenge Government Monopoly on Health Care
Two patient cases challenging the Alberta government’s monopoly on health care will be heard at the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench in Calgary on June 25, 2013. I’m making the trip from Saskatchewan to Alberta because I want to hear firsthand the government’s argument for upholding legislation that prohibits individuals from acting in the best interest of their own health.
Your health does not belong to government nor does it belong to the members of the society in which you choose to live. Each of us must own the personal responsibilities and risks associated with living our life. Each of us must also be free to represent and pursue our own health care interests.
I’m tired of being forced to pay for Medicare and having politicians and bureaucrats tell me to wait in line, be quiet and take what you get. Why are we forced to depend on a failing government program? Why are we denied freedom of choice in health care? Why are we prohibited from spending our own money on our own health care?
I think health care legislation that infringes on the “right to life, liberty and security of the person” is unjust. I think Medicare, a system that erects political and bureaucratic barriers to health care, is unjust. I think forcing Canadian patients to pay for Medicare then telling them to take what you get or leave the country is unjust.
I think health care that values individualism, freedom and justice will lead to improvements in access and quality, greater transparency and accountability and a true culture of patient-centered care.
The Alberta court hearing on June 25th is a beacon of hope for patients like me who want the freedom to spend their own money on their own health care in their own country.
UPDATE: This court hearing is postponed due to floodwater in the City of Calgary. The new date is October 17, 2013.