The issue with the healthcare system in Canada is simple – it’s a monopoly.
The Canadian healthcare system fundamentally broken. That’s been the refrain in the media and from the premiers the last few weeks. The healthcare and air transit systems in Canada are so overcrowded that people are not receiving service, and in extreme cases even dying.
There are no real supports to those left in the cold when the government cash runs out, or when the hospitals get filled up.
It is difficult to immediately be dropped into the world as a young man. Most people my age from my experience have not witnessed true socioeconomic tragedy.
I don’t want to get too in depth here, but I recently lived through a portion of my life that served as a sort of wake-up call in that regard. A close friend of mine with serious disabilities has been shipped from hospital to airport to shelter, with nowhere to go.
Another case came up in the National Post, where a man died in hospital awaiting care.
In a widely circulated Facebook post, Staples said a man in “great discomfort” seemed to fall asleep in his wheelchair. An hour later, when an emergency room staffer went to check on the man, they noticed he wasn’t breathing.
“I was there to see a fellow New Brunswicker pass away in a hospital waiting room,” he wrote.https://nationalpost.com/news/canada/first-reading-as-premiers-decry-crumbling-health-care-new-brunswick-man-dies-in-waiting-room
The issue with the healthcare system in Canada is simple – it’s a monopoly. There is only one medical service provider, that being the state.
I very much support Canada’s healthcare system from a moral perspective, unlike m0re ideologically focused conservatives, but the criticism of a single-payer system is still there. There is literally just one place to get care, a government operated hospital (more accurately a private hospital with government covered insurance mandated by law).
The solution here, which is not discussed much in Canada, and often mocked, is a two-tiered system, where citizens have the choice between both private and public insurance. Alternatively public insurance could be provided to lower income people and wealthy people would be required by law to have private insurance.
The government has far too much control over the operation of hospitals, and instead of building more hospitals and providing the needy with more doctors and nurses, they throw money at the issue expecting it to go away.
Problems don’t work like that.
If you want to see less people dying in waiting rooms, the quality and quantity of care provided must be increased along with the booming immigrant population and the aging native citizen population.
I think that a good solution to start with would be to build more hospitals in rural areas, and provide higher incentives for people to become doctors while keeping the qualifications necessary very high.