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“Don’t touch my free health care,” is a common refrain from defenders of the status quo whenever anyone broaches the topic of reforming Canada’s health-care system.

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Recent research illustrates the cold, hard economic reality that we cannot rely on public funds alone to pay for the kind of modern health system we all want. We are near the limit of what taxpayers can afford and are facing significant trade-offs including reduced access to medical care and proportionally less spending on other public priorities. Private sources of funding are necessary to keep up with the demand for medical care and make it more efficient.