Commentary: Canada's Health Care System Isn't A Model Anymore

They are tales of a health-care system gone awry: A 10-year-old boy, Jean-Francois Giguere-Belisle, died in June, 1997, after his ruptured appendix went undiagnosed in two clinics and an emergency room. Jeyaraanie Kaneshakumar, 35 and pregnant, succumbed to a brain hemorrhage last fall after doctors couldn't find a neurosurgical facility that had room for her. Last September, Frances Lever, 49, died after her stomach pains, allegedly misdiagnosed after weeks of cancelled appointments, turned out to be cancer.

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