It's Not Perfect, But It Sure Works

On Jan. 7, Peter Paterson, a retired Canadian accountant, had his first appointment with one of Toronto's leading heart surgeons. The diagnosis: He needed surgery--fast. The next week, Paterson was admitted to a hospital, where he received a quintuple bypass. A rapidly recovering Paterson--who paid nothing for his care--was so impressed that he wrote his surgeon a letter of thanks. "The medical system we have here in Canada is wonderful," he says.

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