International study another black mark for Medicare

70% of 2,000 Canadian family physicians [FPs] believe their patients often experience long wait times to see a specialist — the worst showing of 10 countries in the International Health Policy Survey by the Canadian Institute for Health Information [CIHI] and the Commonwealth Fund. As for getting specialized diagnostic tests, only New Zealand fared worst than Canada.

In a posting February 12, 2016, the Fraser Institute cites the results as “another reminder of the chronic underperformance of the Canadian health-care system” and “that area that we most spectacularly fail at: timely access to care.”

Of the 10 countries, all “[except perhaps the United States],” ensure “universal access to health-care services”; and, except for the United Kingdom, “expect patients to pay user-fees and share in the cost of treatment [to a limit].”

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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