Friday, April 30, 2010

Where would you rather get sick?

Toronto's Aurea Foundation's Munk Debates just announced the topic of their upcoming series on June 7th: "Be it resolved, I would rather get sick in the United States than Canada.”

In the past, the Munk Debates  have confronted a broad range of issues including climate change, foreign aid, and humanitarian intervention. Although the debates take place in front of a live audience, live webcasts have also been set up so that even if you aren't in Toronto, you can still watch the debate.

The upcoming debate will focus on the merits and demerits of the Canadian and American healthcare systems. For example: do ballooning healthcare spending, evermore expensive prescription drugs and an increased use of private medicine foreshadow the wholesale reform of Canada’s universal, single­payer system? Or, are the divisive debates, social inequities, and sky­high expenditures associated with the U.S. experience with private medicine a validation of universal Medicare in Canada?

Given that this has been a lively topic recently, this should be a good debate to watch.

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