Thursday, September 23, 2004

Preying on whom, exactly?

In a move that is causing severe political sphincter-clenching, an American company plans to
offer mobile one-day diagnostic clinics in church basements across the Hamilton-Niagara Region. The "full meal deal" costs $200 and provides four ultrasound tests, designed to screen for vascular problems that could be precursors to stroke or heart attack.

Oh, the horror! Ordinary citizens daring to spend their own money, and refusing to wait for months to beg for a doctor's permission to wait several months more for ultrasounds.

Isn't it funny that the government has no objection to people spending $200 in one of their casinos, but won't let people spend the same amount on tests that could save their lives, or put their worries to rest?

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