Nurses oppose SK govt’s plan for timely access

Not surprisingly, unions and supporters of the Medicare monopoly are opposed to Saskatchewan’s intention to improve access to both MRI and CT scans through the private sector. Opponents include the Saskatchewan Union of Nurses, the Canadian Health Coalition, and Canadian Doctors for Medicare.

In an article in Canadian Healthcare Manager [March 24, 2016], opponents to improving patient access for necessary care want the federal health minister to penalize Saskatchewan under the Canada Health Act if the province does so. They also resurrect the 20-year-old fear mongering that this could be the end of the Medicare monopoly because of the North America Free Trade Agreement [NAFTA].

According to Dr. Ryan Meili of Canadian Doctors for Medicare, “direct patient payment allows unethical queue-jumping for publicly funded services, such as a surgery, that may follow imaging.”

The obvious:

  • Why is it “ethical” for the Medicare monopoly to deny Canadians timely access to necessary health care?
  • Why is it “ethical” for the Medicare monopoly to ration necessary health care?
  • Why is it “ethical” to deny Canadians choice?



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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