Aspects of the Canada Health Act discourage provinces from emulating policies found in Australia, the United Kingdom, France and Germany.
health care wait times
On health care, despite a high level of spending, Canadians have comparatively poor access to technology and doctors, and long wait times for surgery.
Canada’s premiers are meeting in Whitehorse, Yukon this week and health-care transfers from Ottawa may be high on the agenda.
High level of spending has not yielded high value in return—Canada has some of the longest wait times for treatment in the developed world.
Canadian Medicare did not start out as a national institution. It started in one province, Saskatchewan, and spread to others over the years.
Health reform lessons can be learned from Saskatchewan.
In Saskatchewan, wait times for patients waiting more than three months for surgery dropped by 75 per cent.
Canadian health-care bureaucrats will likely be asked to explain Canada’s single-payer system to U.S. campaigns.
Long wait times costs Canadians time and money.