He's also obsessed with fluoridation

Earlier, we reported Gordon Campbell's brother-in-law Les Vertesi will be joining the premier when he tours Europe next week to "explore new approaches to improve" British Columbia's public healthcare system. But Dr. Vertesi will likely make a poor travelling companion for the Liberal leader - in part, because of a controversial book he self-published in 2003 entitled Broken Promises. In that book, the former Royal Columbian Hospital medical director and emergency department head repeatedly compares our healthcare system to communism or, more specifically, the Berlin Wall. An example: "With no ability to adjust money to workload, reward productivity, or provide financial feedback to managers, we have brought the most destructive aspects of Lenin's experiment home to bed with us."

Dr. Vertesi also writes the Medicare Act was "more than an attempt to ensure everyone had adequate treatment: it was a social statement that all people are the same, and no human being should be able to feel more privileged than anyone else." As a result, "Canadians are being held to an ideology that has little to do with their actual health, and more to do with the social-political theories of their masters...Just as control over the media and over public thought was important in East Berlin, so it is in Canada. Any semblance of private health care is aggressively attacked in a posture of self-righteousness, but the real reason is to make sure Canadians stay unaware of what they are missing."

Those quotes are included in online excerpts from the book. According to a February 2004 article, The Province's Don Harrison also paraphrased Dr. Vertesi as saying "the wealthy should be able to buy faster health care." And, a year earlier, the doctor gave testimony before the standing senate committee on social affairs, science and technology, in which he supported the notion of a parallel private healthcare system. The reason: because it would increase access to medical services and "provide us with a reality check, so our public health system knows when we are out of touch with what people really want, what the quality should be and what the cost should be." Although he also said "I would like to see a dominant public system that provides for the majority, 90 per cent, for example, of the health care needs of our country."

But that support for a parallel private system could explain why Dr. Vertesi has been a "sought-after speaker by groups who favour privatization of health care, such as the right-wing Fraser Institute, the Canadian Independent Medical Clinics Association, the Vancouver Board of Trade and even the Vancouver Libertarian Supper Club" - as was reported by our comrade-in-ink Bill Tieleman in yesterday's edition of 24 hours. In his column, Mr. Tieleman opined the Campbell administration's past decision to appoint Dr. Vertesi as British Columbia's representative on the Health Council of Canada could be an indication the premier plans on radically privatizing healthcare in this province.

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GAK! I mean, GAG! This explains so much.

I thought that kind of stuff was just made up by overwrought conspiracy theorists and mischievous teens trolling for lefties online, but this guy actually sounds serious!

That our Premier apparently takes him seriously is downright frightening!

Gordo is always right. I'm sort of surprised he didn't take along a few other relatives, as we are paying the fares, and he might have need a few to make sure he stays out of trouble.
a number of medical experts have stated the information he is supposedly seeking is available right here. But how could he resist a trip out of the country paid by someone else and be safe from getting those nasty questions he has to suffer through now and again in the Legislature. GO Gordo go, and don't bother coming back would be a good rallying call.

Why are so many people hopelessly trying to avoid the inevitable changes coning to our health care system ?
Is there anyone besides Debra McPherson who are statist on this matter ?
The Supreme Court has ordered us to make changes and allow private medical insurance.
Where is this insurance money going to go ? To private facilities of course.
This is a no brainer, wake up and smell the coffee.

The Supreme Court ruling only applies to Quebec, as Ron Irwin knows.

The private insurance money he talks about will raise incomes to providers, not increase capacity. That's why the providers are so wildly in favour of adding a private tier to the system.

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