Containing illness and death is a fundamental goal of any healthcare system, but the story of Daedalus provides a cautionary tale - extrication from the labyrinth, so necessary to have an overview of the system, must not come at the price of losing contact with the values, functions and workings of that system.
Canadians have consistently expressed their support for a universal access, publicly financed healthcare system. Nevertheless, coincident with the retrenchment and restructuring of government spending by both provincial and federal governments, more and more cries of alarm about the failings of Canada's system and calls for change are heard. Duncan Sinclair's paper "Rethinking Medicare" joins a lengthy and growing list of such tracts.
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