In a comment on a previous post Brian Sanderson included a link to some further comments on health care policy which we feel deserves a bit of up front attention. We have his permission to cross post it here.
A question for candidates running in the Canadian 2011 Federal Election.
I googled “liberal health care policy” and this is what popped up: … the Liberals stand for direct action to put decision-making on hospitals back in the hands of local doctors and nurses. Woops,that’s the Australian Liberal Party!
Scrolling down googles list, the third item pertained to Canada in 1998: The future of health care was the topic of debate at the federal Liberal convention in Ottawa this morning. Some of the delegates called on the government to put more money into medicare. It’s a rare moment of dissent.
Given recent developments, it now seems that the dissenters have carried the day, big time: Liberals, NDP and Conservatives are all jumping on the “More Funding Bandwagon”.
Going down the list to go back to the present, we find: Because this election presents Canadians with a simple question: who do you trust to speak for Canada as crucial decisions are made about the future of our universal health care system? The Liberals outline a detailed health-care platform that focuses on:
- supporting families,
- more funding and more funding for research and more funding for farmers markets,
- more regulations,
- and educating the public to improve their lifestyles.
The Conservative health-care platform is presented differently and it focuses on:
- supporting families,
- more funding,
- no new regulations without removing old regulations,
- and giving the public a tax break if they join a gym.
There is no difference in policy, only a difference in political style. Neither party seems to find any fault with our “universal” health care system. Their platforms might be argued to merely add to a system that is touted to be “universal”.
I have less experience of the Canadian Health Care system than most Canadians. That’s because I’ve spent a lot of time living in other places that have other health care systems. Strangely, every government likes to sell its health care system as being the “best in the world”. Like Danny Williams, I know enough to know that none of them are correct.
So here is my question for the forum: What compromises are built into our Universal Health Care System?
Related: A letter from Dr. M. Patz