Much has been written about how the crisis in Greece is a preview of what will happen to the U.S. if Washington keeps over-spending (for example, see this video). We have another preview of what’s to come in the United States. This time, it’s from our North. Drudge linked to this Reuters article on the growing problems in the Canadian health care system:

Pressured by an aging population and the need to rein in budget deficits, Canada’s provinces are taking tough measures to curb healthcare costs, a trend that could erode the principles of the popular state-funded system.

Ontario, Canada’s most populous province, kicked off a fierce battle with drug companies and pharmacies when it said earlier this year it would halve generic drug prices and eliminate “incentive fees” to generic drug manufacturers.

British Columbia is replacing block grants to hospitals with fee-for-procedure payments and Quebec has a new flat health tax and a proposal for payments on each medical visit — an idea that critics say is an illegal user fee.

And a few provinces are also experimenting with private funding for procedures such as hip, knee and cataract surgery.

It’s likely just a start as the provinces, responsible for delivering healthcare, cope with the demands of a retiring baby-boom generation. Official figures show that senior citizens will make up 25 percent of the population by 2036.

“There’s got to be some change to the status quo whether it happens in three years or 10 years,” said Derek Burleton, senior economist at Toronto-Dominion Bank.

“We can’t continually see health spending growing above and beyond the growth rate in the economy because, at some point, it means crowding out of all the other government services.

“At some stage we’re going to hit a breaking point.”

When will the U.S. hit the breaking point? The Administration laughably promised that the new health care law would expand insurance coverage to millions and lower costs, without sacrificing quality or resulting in rationing. As we have seen in Massachusetts, that’s just not how it works, which is why Massachusetts’ health care costs are soaring and access to health care is being restricted.  These problems will spread to the rest of the nation as we move toward a Canadian-style health care system.