Letters: Adopt European model of public-private health care

Dr. Brian Day of the Cambie Surgery Centre is leading a court challenge of the B.C. public health care system.


Re: Bitter medicare challenge resumes in B.C. courtroom, Sept. 6

The logic of the government of B.C.’s position is that we should not be allowed to send our children to private schools, we should not be allowed to send our seniors to private care homes, and we should not be allowed to drive private motor vehicles — everyone should take public transportation.

Why can RCMP officers, members of our Canadian military and federal inmates be treated in private surgical clinics but the rest of us cannot? Why can people covered by Workers’ Compensation insurance be treated privately and the rest of us cannot? It simply doesn’t make sense.

How absurd it is to make people wait months or even years for needed surgery while their conditions deteriorate, their jobs are perhaps lost and, on the other hand, not allow them to pay privately or obtain medical insurance in B.C. for their needed care. What other country in the world has a law like that?

Please, politicians, rethink the situation and turn our health care system into one that is similar to almost every other country in the world. This will save the province tens of millions of dollars and make both public and private systems better.

Marvin Storrow, Vancouver 

Safe for kids to take bus together

Re: Dad investigated after teaching kids to take bus, Sept. 6

I can’t think of many places more safe for kids, traveling together, than a city bus. Adrian Crook’s actions are a breath of fresh air in a climate of helicopter parenting gone mad.

Bernie Barrett, Vancouver

Lawyers share responsibility for ICBC woes

Re: Average driver will pay $130 more each year under 8% ICBC rate hike, Sept. 6

With more cars on the same roads it makes sense that there will be more accidents. Cars are more expensive to repair today with all the electronics. Therefore, rates will go up. However, I think a major part of the needed increase is related to the increase in personal injury lawyers. Have you seen the constant TV ads over the past few years? We, the insured, are paying for those commercials and a nice lifestyle for the lawyers on top of what would have been a satisfactory settlement a few years ago. We need to fix the litigation issue so we only pay for damage and not TV commercials and lawyers.

Bob Garnett, Richmond

Shortage of after-school care must be addressed

Re: Metro Vancouver families face out-of-school care space chase, Sept. 5 

As a parent of a child going into Kindergarten this month, I cannot help but to express disappointment at a system that further penalizes parents who happen to live in an area with overflowing schools. In the November-January lottery system, eight schools in Vancouver (Roy, Hudson, False Creek, Carr, Cavell, Gordon, Fraser and Livingstone) did not have enough room to accept children living within their catchment areas.

The lottery system gave us two choices of neighbouring schools, which we promptly registered for. By the time this took place in April, it was far too late to even start getting on waiting lists for out-of-school care and many providers simply will not accept applications until a child is accepted in a school. When we looked for licensed out-of-care programs, we were forced to the “back of the line.” 

When we inquired with the provider about lack of space, the provider indicated after the Supreme Court decision, “we were informed that the school district would not entertain any childcare expansion at any VSB schools at this time.”

There needs to be a concerted effort by governments, providers and schools to ensure the shortage of space is addressed, or provide many stressed out parents with some viable options.

Simon Wong, Vancouver

CBC reported U.S. floods over Canadian wildfires

I think the CBC should be renamed. How about ABC? I know there is already an American Broadcasting Corporation, but since the coverage is so similar, why not just join them. Even after years of frustration over the lack of Canadian news and the overabundance of U.S. news, I find the recent coverage of disasters in North America unbelievable. While B.C. is having its biggest fire season ever, it has been work to find out anything about it. Now, ask me about the troubles in Texas and I can tell you all about it. CBC provided detailed coverage for days. Finally, I gave up on CBC and did a search for news of the fires. The top stories came from a small local Kamloops source. 

Cindy Lee, Vancouver


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