Thursday, November 04, 2010

Private Care

A great article from my friend Eric Duhaime in the Sun. Based on research from the Fraser Institute. I have been arguing for allowing private care for quite some time. It is something that needs to be considered. Every other OECD country with a public system also allows private care.

This week marks the 40th anniversary of the “assurance-maladie” regime in Quebec, the last province in Canada where a public monopoly on health care was established.

The impact of the implementation of this piece of legislation is and will be the most important by far of all state interventions.

Health-care expenses today represent 45% of the total budget of the Quebec government and will increase to 65% by 2030.

Last week, the Fraser Institute released a report entitled “Value for Money from Health Insurance Systems in Canada and the OECD.” The findings are shocking.

Our Canadian system is the sixth most expensive among the 28 OECD countries, but the medical services we get back in return are below average.

In other words, we spend more to get less.

What’s wrong?

The Federation des medecins specialistes du Quebec might have the answer. Last month it released figures showing there are 208,000 employees in the Quebec Health Ministry. Some 100,000 of these employees have administrative jobs while the other half (108,000) provide direct services to sick people.

And the trend is even more troubling. Over the last 10 years, there has been a 30% increase in administrative staff compared to only 6% in health-care providers.

The Fraser Institute study proposes solutions to stop this over-bureaucratization of our health system. It points out the countries that surpass Canada in terms of health services andresources usually have at least one, but often three specific attributes:

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