China looks to Australia’s health care system, not Canada’s Medicare

Two Australian private hospital operators are set to be among the main beneficiaries of China’s health system shifting from a predominantly public model to more private enterprise, reports the Sydney Morning Herald. The story was listed in the July 13, 2016, “International Health News Briefing” published by The Commonwealth Fund.

Increased demand as the middle-class and ageing population soars will see China “move the care provided in about 7,500 public hospitals to the private sector in the next decade.”

Australia’s universal healthcare model covers 100% of its citizens. It is complemented by private insurance, which funded $11 billion, or 8%, of all health spending in 2011-12. One company recently won a contract to operate a new public hospital; public patient care will account for about 60% of total capacity.


Canada’s government-run health care system – Medicare -- is a monopoly that prohibits private hospital and private physician care. Medicare is a subpar performer, ranking 10th among 11 advanced countries. Canadians deserve much better! Patients deserve timely access to quality care and choice of hospitals and physicians. Taxpayers deserve much more value for their tax dollars.

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