Frank Dobson, currently a British member of Parliament and secretary of health in Tony Blair's cabinet from 1997 to 1999, wrote a strong argument why we must stop the privatization of healthcare in Canada in today's Vancouver Sun (Health care privatization hasn't worked well in Britain). Dobson refutes claims by healthcare lobbyists (I assume he means Brian Day and others) and some B.C. politicians, that healthcare privatization in the U.K. has been a success. In Dobson's words, "nothing could be further from the truth."
Why? Operations in private hospitals cost significantly more than in public hospitals; competition has reduced, rather than improved operational efficiency by reducing cooperation; administrative costs have increased by 11%; increased costs caused the National Health service to go into the red for the first time in 60 years.
Is this the type of system our politicians want for our healthcare? If they do then they're fools. Public healthcare should be viewed as a common good that provides social and economic value that are eliminated with privatization. We must voice our objection to this trend and let our politicians know that if they continue down this they won't be welcome back come the next election.
You can also voice your objection to Brian Day, the current President of the Canadian Medical Association and one of the key proponents in privatizing healthcare. You can find his website (and contact information) here.