http://www.nytimes.com/2006/02/26/international/americas/26canada.html?_r=1&oref=slogin Read this account of Hillary's dream (outlawed private expenditure for health care) turned into a nightmare for Canadians in timely need of medical care... The country's publicly financed health insurance system Ã¢â¬â frequently described as the third rail of its political system and a core value of its national identity Ã¢â¬â is gradually breaking down. Private clinics are opening around the country by an estimated one a week, and private insurance companies are about to find a gold mine. Canada remains the only industrialized country that outlaws privately financed purchases of core medical services. Prime Minister Stephen Harper and other politicians remain reluctant to openly propose sweeping changes even though costs for the national and provincial governments are exploding and some cancer patients are waiting months for diagnostic tests and treatment. But a Supreme Court ruling last June Ã¢â¬â it found that a Quebec provincial ban on private health insurance was unconstitutional when patients were suffering and even dying on waiting lists Ã¢â¬â appears to have become a turning point for the entire country. Canadian leaders continue to reject the largely market-driven American system, with its powerful private insurance companies and 40 million people left uninsured, as they look to European mixed public-private health insurance and delivery systems. "In a free and democratic society where you can spend money on gambling and alcohol and tobacco," Dr. Day said, "the state has no business preventing you and me from spending our own money on health care."