If Medicare says “No,” shouldn’t the service be uninsured?

New colon cancer screening guidelines advise against screening asymptotic patients age 75-plus because of their reduced life expectancy and the lack of research showing benefit or potential harms of the test.

But, what if a tax-paying 75-plus asymptomatic Canadian wants the test anyway? What if the research a decade from shows “benefit.”? Why shouldn’t  she or he be able to purchase it privately now if that’s how they view their health and that’s how they want to spend their own money? — assuming, of course, the private sector calculates there is a viable market. From an economic perspective, it makes more sense for them to spend their money for the test here in Canada than in the USA or elsewhere.

Furthermore, what about a Canadian’s access to a colonoscopy, which the USA guidelines recommend but which are outside the Canadian guidelines. If the Medicare won’t offer it, then it shouldn’t it be classified as an uninsured service?

 

 

 

 

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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