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Modest medical proposal Letter of the day

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In response to the April 16 article Montreal police seeking fake ER doctor, I would like to politely suggest that the Montreal police will simply have to wait in line for medical services, real or fake, just like the rest of us across Canada.

Some readers may think I am being sarcastic or ignorant, and some will think I am being both. However, with five million Canadians reportedly being without the services of a family doctor, and consequently having to use ERs, I think you can see my point.

The incident in Montreal, horrific and frightening as it was, raises the question of whether it is better to go to the ER and see a fake doctor or go to the ER and see no doctor at all (after waiting four to six hours or longer).

Since fake doctors know nothing about medicine, it stands to reason that they can see a larger number of patients, diagnose their conditions, and prescribe medications to treat their real or imagined ills, in a more condensed time frame.

It should also be apparent that fake doctors are not likely to cost as much as real doctors. A great saving of time and money could be achieved by rotating one or two fake doctors through every ER in the country.

JOHN MacKINNON

Winnipeg

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition April 20, 2011 A13

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