Few things are more sacred
to Canadians than the nation's medicare system. After years of health spending cutbacks by conservative politicians, debate rages
over whether private providers should now be allowed to compete
with the public system. In British Columbia, where the government is shovelling tax dollars into the 2010 Olympics, patients are being left to die
in emergency rooms and long-term care facilities due to overcrowding
. Is it too late to save public health care? Should it be saved?
posted by 327.ca
on Apr 27, 2006 -
Today I saw an ad on TV
complaining that American health care is being “Canadianized.” All I can say is
that I wish these Americans would stop lying
about the Canadian health care
system. While most Canadians seem to agree that our health system is a bit of a mess
we also seem to agree that we
don’t want the American system
, thank you very much.
The US market-driven
medical system spends about 14% of its economy on health care, while Canada's
cost is about 9% of GDP. Both countries' health care costs stood at about 7% in
1971, when the Canadian system converted to the public system and the US decided
to stick with a market-driven private system. Yet the Canadian system covers
everyone; the American system doesn’t. Private delivery of health care means
money is lost to the profits investors demand (as much as 15%), higher executive
salaries, higher marketing/advertising costs, and lost economies of scale.
attack the Canadian system? Part of the answer lies in the fact that to the
American health care industry, Canada is just one huge, untapped market that
they would love to have access to.
posted by tranquileye
on Jun 16, 2000 -