Mike Smith will no doubt groan because he thinks I’m obsessed with health care policy, but I actually received this email this morning. (Admittedly, from someone who wanted to know how true it was.)
And the bit about family doctors is probably more true than the debunker gives credit for – twenty percent of the population is still a lot of people to be without a family doctor. That having been said, Mr. Anonymous Canadian doesn’t mention that the bulk of that twenty percent lives in Ontario – where healthcare cuts by conservative governments in the 1990s led to said shortage – or that over the past four years that figure has dropped because of additional hiring by the provincial governments, especially Ontario.
It hasn’t dropped to nothing, of course, because sadly there is no magical Doctor Fairy to instantly blink all the doctors we need into existence – but it is dropping.
Still, this quibble does not mean that said anonymous email is not full of the lulz.