Sally Pipes: Coronavirus could break 'Medicare-for-all'
Excerpt: Canada has experienced this kind of thing firsthand, during the SARS pandemic of 2002-2003. Nearly 375 people contracted SARS in Ontario, 44 of whom died. For context, SARS infected just 27 people in the United States — and killed none. According to the final report of the Canadian government's SARS Commission, 72 percent of Canadians infected with SARS contracted the disease "in a health care setting." Forty-five percent of that group were health care workers. The report laid the blame squarely on Canada's "public health and emergency infrastructures," which "were in a sorry state of decay.” Another government report concurred, saying the Canadian health care system "lacked adequate resources, was professionally impoverished and was generally incapable of fulfilling its mandate." [If these numbers are accurate–and they’re coming from official commissions–then, this is a frightening picture. The last time I was in the ER as a patient (post auto accident), I was seated in a hallway for several hours. That was at the main campus of the UMass University Hospital in Worcester, MA, one of the best facilities in the state. There was no special health concern at the time, it was just a busy evening for them. I added emphasis. Ron P.]