Quote from Novo
Private = More quality, but more about profit margins and greed rather than people
Public = Less quality
There's always a trade off but to be honest I'm for privatized healthcare it would really make people more accountable for their health.
I disagree. Quality
and profit are not even on speaking terms. But quantity
and profit on the other hand, are BFFs. "How many old, infirm people can we cram into this building? How many of them can be assigned to one unskilled and poorly-paid worker? How much can we charge for laundry and meal services? How can we feed the most people with the fewest dollars? How much of a dividend can we provide to our shareholders this quarter if we eliminate one aide per shift?" Similar pressures are placed on the public system where the budget is arbitrarily set by a third party with no real knowledge of what the issues are.
If private and quality were inextricable, the Stollery Children's Hospital - a completely public facility - would not have patients coming from all over the world for care, or be sending staff all over the world to provide cardiac care. Their outcomes wouldn't be equal to or better than 95% of the other children's cardiac surgical programs in North America, the majority of them being private. They also wouldn't be first on the list for many potential fellowship candidates in neonatal and pediatric critical care, cardiovascular and transplant surgery WORLDWIDE.
As for having to pay for care creating accountability for health, take a look around at the people who are in hospitals and long term care facilities. Most of them are there for things they had no hand in causing. User fees only discourage those who can least afford to wait for treatment too... well... wait for treatment. This only complicates the issue further and results in MORE cost to the system and not less.