The World Health Organisation’s comparative review of the performance of national health care systems has occasioned much navel-gazing the world around.
A local academic recently claimed that the profit motive “has become the sole cost driver in Medicare.” He said that Canada’s basic healthcare system costs the same as it did in 1971 and attributed increases in spending since to “the private system we have no control over”, namely drug companies, and private clinics.
Born in Europe in the 19th century, most governments in the developed world have embraced the concept as a central public policy goal. People looked to the political system to deliver them from the extremes of poverty and misfortune.
Let’s make life simpler for politicians who want to deliver on their promise of universal, high- quality Medicare. We can do this by “consumerizing” the system and putting health-care customers back in control.
The popular myth that Medicare’s problems stem from a lack of funding is a political perception, not an economic fact. The perpetual fight over budget share obscures the reality, which is that government spending on health care has never been reduced. It has risen steadily.
Whatever form they take, MSAs offer a workable alternative to Canada’s increasingly clapped out health-care model.
Since “non-urgent” waiting lists for such marvels in our country are long and arguably dangerous — four to five months for a MRI, six months for a CT scan, and eight months to a year for an ultrasound — it is no surprise that a clinic was constructed in Grafton, North Dakota so quickly.