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With the release of the Alberta government’s 18-page white paper entitled Health Policy Framework, Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper faces his first serious challenge in office.

     Among other things, the Klein government’s 10-point plan would allow doctors to work inside and outside the medicare system. Writing in the The Globe and Mail the day after the report was released, columnist John Ibbitson exclaimed that it "marks the beginning of the end of medicare as practiced in Canada."


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