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Microsoft’s Neupert to NYT: "I can imagine a scenario where we have a third party verify that our
system works the way we assert it does.”
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ALBERTA: Provincial authorities weigh "bold steps" to remake health system. "There are simply too many referral stages and patients are simply waiting too long."
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Rowsdower and Troy were right, the Canadian health care system is great.
SF Restaurant association:
Maybe there should be a 5% additional tip on customer bills to cover employee health. Hell, we’re subsidizing wages now, why not healthcare?
Before all you free market types start saying “See, single-pay is failing”, you should be aware that because Alberta has oil it has the lowest personal and business taxes in Canada with zero sales taxes and generous wages. So when they say healthcare has the potential to consume 1/3 of revenues means their revenues are really low. Alberta has also been seeing tremendous population growth. There’s a snowball’s chance in hell the system will privatize. Alberta governments have historically been conservative free enterprise types.
You can read the press release here; (read the whole thing in “backgrounder”) http://alberta.ca/acn/200804/233275791DEAD-C59D-FD03-CA9E332EF8509BDB.html
One notable statement: “Develop a plan to register all Albertans in the Alberta Health Care Insurance Plan to coincide with the plan to eliminate health care premiums.” Hear that America, zero premiums!