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Letters to the Editor
Canadian System Works
Psychiatric News
Volume 44 Number 6 page 29-29

It was good to see the letter from Nancy Porter-Steele, Ph.D., in the January 2 issue recommending the Canadian health system. I was a colleague and friend of her husband, Curtis Steele, M.D., when we were both practicing in Baton Rouge, La., in the 1960s and 1970s. I always wondered where he'd gone after I left town and we "lost touch."

For many reasons, I have been concerned about the future of private practice for many years and am now a supporter of a single-payer health system by gradually bringing everyone under Medicare (which has cared for me so well since I developed cancer and have had other problems). I finally solved most of my problems with private practice by going into public psychiatry. Dr. Steele went to Canada.

Furthermore, I frequently share meals with Canadian physicians at a bed-and-breakfast during annual trips to the Shaw Festival at Niagara-on-the-Lake in Ontario. Although I have not talked to any orthopedic surgeons (waiting lists for hip replacements?), I find that the primary care physicians who stay at the same place are quite satisfied with their practice arrangements and compensation, and as Nancy Steele describes in detail, they particularly like the low overhead and lack of "hassle." It would be interesting and useful to see letters from others with similar or different experiences in foreign practice in Psychiatric News.

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