The problem of a high-cost low-performance system is not just a provincial one—but a Canadian one.
It’s likely no coincidence that countries with cost-sharing programs in place have waiting times that are significantly shorter than those in Canada.
Canada’s largest cities are growing rapidly and what were once sparsely populated rural areas are quickly becoming city neighbourhoods.
In response to an advisory panel report commissioned by the Canadian Medical Association, CMA president Dr. Jeff Turnbull conceded that when it comes to health care financing, all options should be considered in order to manage the unsustainable growth in health care spending. The report provided 10 recommendations; among them, changing the way that hospital services are financed and allowing greater competition in the delivery of publicly funded medical services. But the most contentious endorsement was related to patient funding specifically the use of user fees.