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Should we let Canadians pay to jump the health care line? Add to ...

Wait times for medically necessary procedures are often cited as a fundamental problem with Canada's healthcare system.

The idea of someone jumping the line, when many are patiently waiting, seems unacceptable. But when it's a loved one's health on the line, wait times for that potentially life-saving MRI or surgery just isn't an option.

Some rely on social connections to expediate the process, while some opt to pay private facilities for the procedures.

Is queue-jumping politically, socially, morally acceptable?

Dr. Brian Day, a private clinic surgeon and former CMA president, and economist Armine Yalnizyan, who advocates for a publicly-funded system took your questions.

Have you ever paid to skip the line?

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