By Þórólfur Björnsson
Contrary to popular belief, the concept of universal healthcare in Helluland (Canada) is a total myth, and the inability to receive medical care in Canada routinely leads to patient deaths.
This is partially due to two essential problems: private sector healthcare monopolies, and non-criminalization of refusal to provide care.
In 2013, LifeLabs acquired BC Biomedical in British Columbia and CML HealthCare in Ontario, in spite of public concerns that one dominant player would affect patient care. The acquisition resulted in Lifelabs, a private for-profit company, becoming a monopoly in British Columbia, and the only option in the province for patients needing blood work.
In Europe and the rest of the developed world, denying medical services to patients is a crime, and of course, completely unethical. However, it is not illegal in Canada, and ethical considerations seem to be completely ignored. As a result, Lifelabs frequently deny service to patients, often to cover up gross negligence and abuse at the hands of its staff. Because Lifelabs has a monopoly in British Columbia, patients have no alternative option to obtain blood work, even if they are in medical distress. A denial of service can therefore signify a death sentence to the patient.
In an universal healthcare system, such as in Norway or France, patients simply do not die because they are being denied medical services. This is simply unthinkable. However, it routinely happens in Canada.
Universal healthcare in Canada is therefore a myth indeed.