In Australia, Italy and the United Kingdom, private insurance allows patients a wider choice of providers and faster access to health care.
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Even the U.K. has a robust parallel private system, often used as an alternative to the ailing National Health Service.
In 2016, patients in Canada could expect to wait 20 weeks between GP referral and treatment.
Wait times remain a serious problem in all 10 provinces.
Our health-care system is expensive, delivers poor-to-modest results, and fails to achieve many of its laudable aspirations.
British Columbia’s health ministry recently announced it will invest $10 million to increase surgical capacity, with an eye on reducing wait times.
Professor Colleen Flood’s recent column in Globe Debate (Canada should look to Europe on health care, not the U.S) got the title right – but just about everything else wrong. Canadians would indeed benefit from a look at Europe for lessons on healthcare reform. What they should not do is fall for Ms. Flood’s erroneous jumbling of statistics that muddle reality and results in false conclusions.
One irony of Canadian life is that the most economically free province in the country, Alberta, often has government policy that is the most hostile to private health care. Another irony, this time right across Canada, is that one can spend any amount of money on a basic necessity of life such as food. But when Canadians want to use their own money to purchase medical treatment to improve, prolong, or even save that same life, they are legally prevented from doing so.