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?
Asked by Anonymous at 10:44 AM on Jun. 1, 2010 in Politics & Current Events
Answer by itsmesteph11 at 11:42 AM on Jun. 1, 2010
They are looking at having people pay for services now.
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Answer by momjoy1027 at 11:02 AM on Jun. 1, 2010
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.
Answer by Ibelongtojesus at 11:06 AM on Jun. 1, 2010
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.
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.
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.
Answer by Anonymous at 12:44 PM on Jun. 1, 2010
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