Medicare’s mid-life crisis: an extraordinary video

In an extraordinary video April 12, 2016, , supported by text, the Macdonald-Laurier Institute [MLI] focuses on international health care systems from which Canada can learn.

It is highlighted with comments from Janice Mackinnon, Saskatchewan’s former Minister of Finance when it became the first province [before Alberta and Premier Ralph Klein] to balance its budget in the mid-1990s. The video provides a succinct analysis by Brian Lee Crowley, MLI’s Managing Director.

According to Professor Mackinnon, a senior member of Premier Romanow’s NDP government, Tommy Douglas — the godfather of Canada’s publicly-funded health care system — would today be in favour of introducing more private care.  Why? Because it is the only way to modernize a system nearly three-quarters of a century ago: hospitals came first, then medical doctors.

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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