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Jay Currie

One Damn Thing After Another

7/13/2004

Health vs Education

From my experience at the cabinet table,I know there are political reasons why healthcare always wins out in a contest with education. While underfunding of healthcare becomes manifest in visible crises -- overcrowded emergency rooms, bed shortages or long waiting lists -- assessing the quality of and access to education is more complex. Also, seniors, who are the greatest users of healthcare are more likely to be organized and to vote -- and irate seniors can strike terror into the hearts of politicians.
janice mackinnon
Mackinnon is a former Saskatchewan finance minister and has written a reoport on the Arithmatic of Heathcare. Well worth reading as she is well aware of the crowding out effects of limitless health expenditure.