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Soaring costs force Canada to reassess health model


TORONTO (Reuters) – Pressured by an aging population and the need to rein in budget deficits, Canada's provinces are taking tough measures to curb healthcare costs, a trend that could erode the principles of the popular state-funded system.

Ontario, Canada's most populous province, kicked off a fierce battle with drug companies and pharmacies when it said earlier this year it would halve generic drug prices and eliminate "incentive fees" to generic drug manufacturers.

British Columbia is replacing block grants to hospitals with fee-for-procedure payments and Quebec has a new flat health tax and a proposal for payments on each medical visit -- an idea that critics say is an illegal user fee.

And a few provinces are also experimenting with private funding for procedures such as hip, knee and cataract surgery.


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Interesting, don't you agree?

 
Anonymous

Asked by Anonymous at 10:44 AM on Jun. 1, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

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  • Not surprising. 90% of the countries who have this kind of healthcare are being dragged down by them. They will all be in Greeces position soon enough if they dont raise taxes or dump the plan. The Governments know this. When it was agreed that Greece would be bailed out it was mandatory for their Government to get out of the healthcare businesss.
    What does that tell you? Seems there should be a lot of people feeling pretty dumb for believing the government was going to actually do something to help you.
    itsmesteph11

    Answer by itsmesteph11 at 11:42 AM on Jun. 1, 2010

  • Soaring costs force Canada to reassess health model


    They are looking at having people pay for services now.

    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:45 AM on Jun. 1, 2010

  • Interesting indeed.

    Very true statement below:


    "We can't continually see health spending growing above and beyond the growth rate in the economy because, at some point, it means crowding out of all the other government services.

    "At some stage we're going to hit a breaking point."
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:01 AM on Jun. 1, 2010

  • Gosh, I guess Canada isn't the health care utopia it's been billed to be by the left. I wonder what their new talking points will be. I bet it starts with a big "BUT".
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:02 AM on Jun. 1, 2010

  • And this is what people want in America.
    momjoy1027

    Answer by momjoy1027 at 11:02 AM on Jun. 1, 2010

  • .....and what I said above...it was dripping in sarcasm.
    momjoy1027

    Answer by momjoy1027 at 11:03 AM on Jun. 1, 2010

  • I have been stressing this for some time. I had Canadian neighbors and they moved here because of the health care. It is not all it is cracked up to be.

    Ibelongtojesus

    Answer by Ibelongtojesus at 11:06 AM on Jun. 1, 2010

  • Edmonton boy's facial surgery 'amazing': dad - Yahoo! Canada News


    Did anyone see this?  The poor kid had a major deformity and couldn't get the surgery he needed in Canada.  The family did a fund raiser and had his surgery done in the U.S. 

    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:39 AM on Jun. 1, 2010

  • There are several different formats of government sponsored HC-do some research. Those who complain about this, do you realize that our system is no more solvent or affordable? No one here must have a sick family member. Has anyone ever watched a family lose everything d/t a catastrophic medical illness? Ever seen what happens when someone has a condition where they are deemed "No longer insurable." Our system quit being sustainable long ago, yet people point fingers at other countries. The only reason we are not Greece is because of other nations loaning us the funds to stay afloat. Hope your not surprised when China comes knocking. At least the other industrialized countries are going broke taking care of people. We'd rather spend our money traipsing around interfeing in the affairs of others and taking lives rather than caring for lives. Hope it makes you proud.

    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:31 PM on Jun. 1, 2010

  • anon :31, maybe you should go back into those old posts about health care reform. I don't think I saw many people advocating the status quo, rather they were against this monstrosity of a bill that included loads of items that will now be controlled by the government that have absolutely NOTHING TO DO WITH HEALTH CARE. Not to mention, this only helps the people that are not insurable, but are able to afford insurance if it were available to them. So it's nice that they say they want everyone to be covered (no exclusions for pre-existing conditions), but that doesn't mean that the people with PEC can AFFORD to pay for a policy. This is nothing but a ruse to take control over the health care industry and to be able to make regulations that aren't necessarily to the benefit of the people it is supposed to serve. Most of us understand that, too bad you missed it.

    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:44 PM on Jun. 1, 2010

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