Healthcare’s Magicians And Spendthrifts

Commentary, Frontier Centre, Healthcare

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.

The Underfunding Myth

Commentary, Frontier Centre, Healthcare, Manitoba

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.

Relieving The Pressure

Commentary, Frontier Centre, Healthcare

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.