I have been a member of the CNA since I was a medical student more than 25 years ago. I was somewhat hopeful given the last two capitalist presidents of the CMA, that the CMA would continue to try and reform our soviet style health care system. Our new president is a disappointment to me. She will be gone soon, and hopefully another Dr Day or Ouellet( now CMA VP) will replace her. I agree with the NP. Allowing a parallel private system is very good idea. More from Norman Spector.
Too often, the debate over the health system has concentrated on the ability of governments to finance the ever-increasing cost of care. It should be evident by now, to all but the most dogmatic, that the country simply can't pony up limitless funds for bottomless budgets. Some other approach is needed.
The CMA has its own list of proposals, which include a reexamination and modernization of the five founding principles of the Health Act, and the creation of a "Charter for Patientcentred Care."
A better solution, we think, would be simply to bring Canada in line with virtually every other OECD nation, and create a hybrid system that permits private health-funding options in parallel with a publicly-funded universal health system. As others have noted many times, Canada is the only country in the world, outside of Cuba and North Korea, where garden-variety private health insurance for essential health needs is illegal.
It is all well and good that the CMA is critiquing the fine points of Canada's single-payer health model. But until our politicians tear down its Soviet-style proscription of private options, everything else is palliative care.