Excellent points. It’s too bad more politicians don’t show some balls and speak up for reform.
Contrary to public opinion, Canada does not have "the best health-care system in the world." We actually rank 26th, and yet have the fifth-highest expenditures for health care.
... Of the world's top 20 national health-care systems, 17 are European.
... in Europe patients are placed at the centre of the health-care system. European hospitals are not paid solely by block funding. ... The medical system therefore treats patients as an asset, because resources are provided for treating each person.
... When Europeans hear that Canadians tolerate atrocious waiting lists of nine to twelve months or more for care, and endure the pain, suffering and loss of function that accompanies these wait times, they are shocked.
... Unfortunately, since the debate around health-care reform remains mired in the false assumption that changes to our current system would result in a "U.S.-style system," policy-makers stick their heads in the sand hoping no one will notice.
... The Canada Health Act, and its five principles that govern health care in Canada (public administration, comprehensiveness, universality, portability and accessibility), is broken in every province, every day.
Saturday, May 23, 2009
Canadian healthcare over-priced and under-performing
Well what else is new? Nevertheless, Keith Martin is one of the few politicians with the moxey to criticize Canada’s most sacred cow. Here are some points from his take on the Canadian Medical Association’s findings: