The 2010 edition of the Euro-Canada Health Consumer Index 2010, from the Frontier Centre for Public Policy and Sweden-based Health Consumer Powerhouse, found that, despite the fourth highest per-capita spending, Canadian health care ranks 25th compared with 33 European countries, every one of which features a mixture of public and private spending.
In the Spanish region of Valencia private companies run a quarter of the hospitals and primary care services. They cost 20 per cent less per patient than their state-run competitors, yet have maintained clinical quality.
Thousands of Canadians suffer in pain while waiting for surgery or diagnosis. Some die. The Chaoulli judgment explained how this suffering is caused by the government’s “virtual monopoly” over health care. The Charter’s section 7 right to life, liberty and security of the person is violated by laws that force people to suffer on government waiting lists and deny the right to access health care outside the government’s monopoly.
This editorial from Calgary is worth a read. With the changes, the government appears to be killing a fly with a sledgehammer. It should consider cutting back benefits only to those from designated countries of origin — who might only …
This is news that should be reported through the media on a continuous basis.
Amid the hubbub following the release of the Drummond Report, I can’t help but think of one of the biggest financial scams of the past century: Bernie Madoff ’s Ponzi scheme, which wiped out hundreds of formerly well-heeled investors. The lesson from Bernie? If something seems too good to be true then it probably is.
According to the Frontier Centre for Public Policy, Ontario ranks first in Canada when it comes to primary care performance from the perspective of the consumer;