“On January 20, 2016, 18-year old Laura Hillier slipped away surrounded by her family while waiting for a stem cell transplant to treat her acute myeloid leukemia. But Laura did not die because of a lack of bone marrow donors since multiple matching donors had been identified six months earlier. Rather Laura was on the waiting list for a hospital bed–and enduring debilitating chemotherapy treatments in the meantime. You see, Laura had the misfortune of living in Canada where the government-run system of “free” medical care has produced an acute shortage of hospital beds for transplant patients.”
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