The Availability of Medical Technology in Canada: An International Comparative Study
An important component of health care in advanced countries is the availability of medical technology and the new procedures made possible by that technology. In recent years there has been growing evidence of a decline in the quality and quantity of health care available to Canadians. Excessive waiting lists for specialist treatment have been documented for nearly a decade and they are getting longer. Public opinion polls reveal growing discontent with the lack of prompt access to quality care. Efforts to define the nature and cause of these problems have pointed to the possibility that one contributing factor is a lack of access to high-technology equipment and procedures in Canada. This study was conducted to measure the extent of technology access.
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