Real danger is if Dr. Day is not allowed to proceed

Published in the Calgary Herald September 8, 2016

Canada falling behind on health care

Re: “Ensuring a quality health-care system” Sept. 6.

In his letter, Ralph Coombs besmirches the reputation of Dr. Brian Day for being a proponent of private health care. Coombs alleges “danger to fairness, efficiency, costs and universal access if Day is allowed to proceed.”

The most recent rankings by the Commonwealth Fund placed Canada as No. 10 and U.S. No. 11. The top nine: 1. Great Britain 2. Switzerland 3. Sweden 4. Australia 5. Germany and The Netherlands 7. New Zealand and Norway 9. France. All nine share one essential quality — the private sector plays an important role in the delivery of hospital and physician services.

As for the fabled notions of medicare around “fairness,” Canada ranks No. 10 on “equity,” ahead of only the U.S.

Federal Health Minister Jane Philpott recently acknowledged, “It’s a myth that Canada has the best health-care system in the world.” We “spend more per capita on health care than many other countries. What’s worse is that, while we do this, we get poorer outcomes for our patients.” She could have added, “and poorer outcomes for taxpayers.”

The real “danger” is if Dr. Day is “[not] allowed to proceed.”

Ronald Kustra, St. Albert (spokesman for Canadians for Sustainable Medicare)

 

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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