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January 8, 1992

Queuing in Canada

Author Affiliations

Great Falls, Mont

JAMA. 1992;267(2):234. doi:10.1001/jama.1992.03480020044021

To the Editor.  —A recent Special Communication1 discussed the referral of coronary bypass patients to Seattle, Wash, due to treatment delays of up to 10 months, and more than a dozen deaths among Canadians waiting for surgery. Rather than recognize this as a symptom of the failure of socialized medicine, the authors chose to obfuscate the issue with soothing sophistries. Perhaps it is significant that none of these authors are cardiac surgeons.Our own federal bureaucracy is now on the verge of destroying our current health care provision system in favor of a similar socialized medicine model. The American people will be doomed to suffer this catastrophe if we lack the courage to recognize the failures of such a system even when they become patently obvious. Where will we send our backlog of dying patients suffering from angina as they wait for some bureaucrat to direct them to the