How many USA doctors really want Canadian Medicare?

In defending Canada’s Medicare monopoly, its advocates do not like to talk about patient care — wait lists, wait times, rationing, lack of patient choice, sustainability of the system, Medicare’s dismal performance compared with other major industrialized countries, and, in some instances, patients’ failure to receive care.

Instead, they praise Medicare’s “administrative costs.” They vilify extra billing, private payment, for-profit and queue jumping. They paint a halo on the Canada Health Act.

A May 18, 2016, Huffington Post article is headlined, “Why American Doctors Are Calling For Canadian-style Medicare.” http://huff.to/1OQbwuv

Below are C4SM’s comments:

USA has 784,633 medical doctors active in patient care.

2,200 USA doctors who want Canadian Medicare are 00.0028 of all American medical doctors active in patient care.

Proponents of Canada’s unionized Medicare monopoly like to fear monger the USA system as the only alternative — which is blatantly not true. It is significant that not one other industrialized country in the world has copied the Canadian Medicare monopoly.

In fact, many other Canadians point a different direction — looking to Europe, Australia, etc. — as opportunities to learn from and adapt.

They include the Canadian Medical Association, various think tanks, and the landmark report by the Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology, chaired by former Liberal Senator Michael Kirby.

Medicare is important to Canadians. But when Medicare fails to deliver timely access to necessary and quality care, Canadians deserve the right to obtain that care here in Canada. One proposal is a “care guarantee.” Government rationing is not a justification for denial of care.

From a taxpayers’ perspective, Medicare cannot continue to gobble up more and more of government budgets because it leaves less and less for other important services such as low-income support, social housing, seniors programs and education.

 

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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