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HEALTH CARE IN U.S. TOO COSTLY FOR POOR

I feel that many Americans are misled by the American Medical Association and doctors who dislike Canada's medical system.

Last year, the industrialized nations of the world were rated as to which had the best medical coverage. Canada came in first, the United States last.

Two years ago, a relative of mine in Montreal needed open-heart surgery. It was an operation that cost $30,000. Of this, $25,000 was paid by the provincial medical system.

In the United States, about half would be covered by private health insurance -- but only if you had health insurance. Remember there are 40 million Americans without it. It is not easy for students and people on lower incomes to afford health care in the United States.

Doctors should act like public employees, not businessmen. Private health insurance companies, as well as all insurance companies, should be non-profit organizations. People who have poor health should not be taken advantage of.

SCOTT D. MILLAR
Kenmore

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