Please allow me to ask a very basic question -
How do you think we should go from a captalistic / profit motive medical industry - doctors, hospitals, pharma, DME, therapist, transport, institutionalize care, etc., etc. - to one that is based on cost controls and still think that we will not feel any consequences or repercussions????
Here is the latest Canada Health Act Annual Report for 2017 - 2018 done by the Minister of Health.
I am just gonna quote (1) of the problems that was revealed in this report -
Yes, they have problems - kind of the reverse of ours - people want, what they want, when they want it especially when their health is involved. So just don't think the grass is always greener.
When I was appointed as federal Minister of Health, the Prime Minister made it clear that I was expected to promote and defend the Canada Health Act, and specifically to eliminate patient charges for services that should be publicly insured. The Canada Health Act, and the values that it represents, form the foundation of our health care system, and much like the foundation of a house, if we allow cracks to form, there is a risk that this building will start to crumble.
This is why the Government of Canada has joined the Government of British Columbia in court to defend against a Charter challenge which seeks to dismantle our publicly funded health care system and allow physicians and private clinics to charge patients whatever the market will bear for medically necessary services. This is also why, over the past year, I have been engaging with my provincial and territorial colleagues on ways we can work together to protect Canadians' access to publicly insured services.
The Problem (Medicare is what the Canadian system is called)
For the most part, Medicare works well and patients receive the care they need without having to pay out of pocket. However, in many parts of the country, patients are being charged for diagnostic services, such as MRI or CT scans, at private clinics. If a patient goes to a hospital for the exact same service, they would not be charged. The federal position has always been that patients should not face charges for medically necessary hospital and physician services – this includes diagnostic services – regardless of where the service is provided. Paying to skip the queue for diagnostic services also allows these individuals to be fast-tracked for any follow up care in the public system. This goes against the fundamental principle of access based on need, not on the ability to pay.
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