The Canadian medical system has a smart way of saving money: helping people commit suicide when their care becomes too costly.
This sickening truth about the country's socialized medicine was recently illustrated by the case of a 41-year-old British Columbia man, Sean Tagert, who had been living with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS. Also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease, the illness causes the neurons that control voluntary muscles in the body to die. Eventually, patients are unable to chew, walk, talk or even breathe, and their condition continues to decline until they die.
After being diagnosed in 2013, Tagert's abilities slowly deteriorated, and he suffered cardiac arrest in 2017. Unable to breathe on his own, feed himself, walk or even speak, he found himself in need of round-the-clock care.
Unfortunately, his regional health authority, Vancouver Coastal Health, was only able to offer him 15.5 hours of home care rather than the 24 hours he needed. Although he was later able to get that up to 20 hours a day, his doctor said it still wasn't enough.