The calls to privatize the provision of health care in Canada have gotten louder and louder. We should resist?
Agree or Disagree
The calls to privatize the provision of health care in Canada have gotten louder and louder. We should resist these. Health care must never be made into business. Both from a moral and a practical standpoint, health care is best left to the public sector.
Agree or Disagree
- bw022Lv 78 years agoFavorite Answer
Lots of aspects of health care in Canada are already private. Nearly all doctors are in private practice, drug suppliers are in private companies, nearly all equipment is sold by private companies, some home support workers are private (most are non-profits), many provinces use private companies for non-essential services (food, laundry, cleaning, etc.), hospitals tend to be build and maintained by private contractors, most clinics are private companies, many services not covered by provincial health care plans are private (extended health insurance, optometrists, cosmetic surgery, dentists, etc., etc.), many hospitals already outsource departments to private companies for services which can be done off-site (from rehabilitation, to dieticians, to radiologists viewing images, etc.), etc.
I would say leave it up to the individual provinces and even individual hospitals as to what they should and shouldn't sent to private bids. If a private company can do something less expensive in a particular case, they should be free to utilize the service. Provided that private company is operating under the province's fee structure agreement... there should be no issues. Provinces aren't stupid. They know what totally private medicine looks like. They don't want to go there anymore than most Canadian citizens.
I can't imagine any province even thinking of doing away with provincial fee structures, provincial ownership of major hospitals, central administration and health boards, legal systems, liability limits, centralized purchasing, etc. There are inherent cost savings in these. Any provincial politician who were to see health care costs skyrocket, quality of care drop, etc. due to privatization would quickly see themselves replaced in the next election. However, if there are cases when private companies can perform certain services cheaper, quicker, or more effectively, one should be able to look at them. If a private company can clean the laundry for less, air transport patients without a small province maintaining an air-ambulance service, or review MRI images more efficiently... a province or hospital should be able to consider it.
Rather than make blanket ideological/philosophical stands which don't reflect the reality of how the current system is already a mixture of public/private/non-profit entities... leave it up to the provincial voters. If a province wants to privatize some portion of their health care systems let their voters decide based on the costs and performance of this.
- franceneLv 45 years ago
Much of Canada's well being care is personal. In most, if now not all, provinces medical professionals both work for themselves or for private corporations. Hospitals are generally public and of path, the wellness insurance is a public system.
- Anonymous8 years ago
that's just Harper and his cronies trying to gut the country. They hate Canada, and all is stands for, and have been working to dismantle us and force us into the US, just like Mulroney tried.