Comment 123844

By Ryan (registered) - website | Posted October 01, 2018 at 10:28:42 in reply to Comment 123836

They have CEOs because they are corporations. Canada has a hybrid health care system, funded publicly but actually delivered by private businesses and non-profit corporations that bill the government for their services.

Across OECD countries, there's a strong correlation between how public a health care system is and how well they control costs.

The most public systems - like Britain, in which every health facility is owned by the NHS and every health care provider is a government employee - have the lowest overall per-capita health care costs.

The most private systems - like the United States, which is the only OECD country that does not provide universal health coverage - have the highest overall per-capita health care costs.

Canada is in the middle both in terms of the public/private split and the overall per-capita costs.

If we want to reduce our health care costs - or at least contain them more successfully - we should be moving in the direction of countries like Britain. Instead, Doug Ford wants to move Ontario more in the direction of the United States, which will leave us with higher overall costs and worse care.

But it will mean a few people get a lot richer.

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