Leslie Berkman's story, "U.S. Hospitals Open Doors to Canada's Addicts" (Sept. 23), serves as a preview to all who would like to see our country adopt a similar system of socialized medicine. Except that, unlike the present-day Canadians, we shall have nowhere else to go!
Berkman should point out that the three- to four-month wait is not confined to drug addiction treatment. Canadians needing a coronary bypass, and likely other life-saving procedures, face a similar fate. Many, in fact, vote with their feet by flocking across the border for medical care.
Our health-care delivery system is by no means perfect. We do need some sort of coverage that provides basic health care for all. This might be financed partly by employees and partly by employers. We should also force businesses dealing with products that constitute significant health hazards to bear the consequences for their actions.
Why shouldn't we levy a health tax on tobacco, alcohol and polluters to help pay for some of the health problems they have created?