A constitutional challenge to Ontario health care legislation prohibiting the purchase of private health insurance for medically-necessary healthcare services (dubbed the "Ontario Chaoulli) was announced on September 5th, 2007. It's another call for increased privatization, based on the misinformed notion that an expanded role for private health insurance will remedy wait times in Canada.
Just last month, the outgoing President of the Canadian Medical Association (CMA), Dr. Colin McMillan, put forward Medicare Plus
, the CMA's solution for sustaining our health care system. It proposed expanding the role for private insurance and private payment, and allowing physicians to work for the public system and treat private patients too. After facing a stream of backlash in response to their Medicare Plus
report from the Canadian Healthcare Association, the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario, Canadian Doctors for Medicare and others, the CMA responded by saying that Medicare Plus
should not be read as an endorsement for a two-tier health system, but that it is time to examine the nature of the public versus private health care debate. Indeed it is. Will their recommendations make Medicare better? The evidence says no.
Oct 26, '07
The discrepancies are:
LE Male Birth Canada 78 US 75 Advantage Canada
LE Female Birth Canada 83 US 80 Advantage Canada
Infant Mortality Canada 5.0 US 7 Advantage Canada
Somehow I think the US needs to learn some lessons about addresssing health disparities from our neighbors to the north. Making undocumented/unsourced derogatory claims about another countries health system absent referenced data and sources indicates an unwillingness to learn and inquire with an open mind.
Last edit by HM2VikingRN on Oct 26, '07