Canadian Healthcare Must Modernize and Follow Other Countries in the “Public-Private” Approach
The facts are clear: Canada needs more healthcare capacity. Report after report from respected research institutes illustrate the shocking rise in wait time for life-saving and pain-alleviating surgeries and treatment across the country. Yet, as recently as early July, a court in British Columbia prevented patients unable to get public sector care from accessing private care.
Canada is one of the only high-income countries in the world that does not embrace private insurers for medically necessary care. The Fraser Institute examined 16 countries in a recent report, and found – across the board – much shorter wait times than in Canada, because of these parallel private systems.
Across the E.U., universal healthcare includes a government-regulated network of private health insurance companies. Australia, for example, provides universal coverage to all residents. However, Australians can purchase private health insurance for faster access to non-emergency services and access to a broader selection of healthcare providers.
“Private insurers act as partners to ensure optimum health coverage,” states Gino Stirpe, Vice President of VUMI Canada. “The need is there. Canadians are seeking alternatives to protect their families– like the supplemental plans offered by VUMI® Canada. It’s time for Canada to modernize. Public and private can – and must – co-exist to provide Canadians with the healthcare they deserve.”
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