I say no First Ministers meet until after provincial elections! See:PNWER
Iggy is onto if not part of the Conservative scheme of privatization as was his sidekick Martin as shown in his last election!
The Canada Health Act does not allow US citizens to come to Canada for medical or surgical repair and Physicians in Canada so want that business. (Who can blame them). Alberta is selling our medical services to the insurers as being better and cheaper than the US. No duplicity here.
American Physicians are looking to Canada's single pay system as being a utopia. Why would we trash our system?
If we come to a basic debate on health care it needs to be public with public access available to the costs in a uniform fashion.
First, rules have to be set down on what can be charged to health care in Canada!
Are junkets to Sweden okay to charge to health care? Are 600.00 plate dinners for 40 people okay to be paid by health care?
Can a Government use health care money to build new hospitals (think Grande Prairie) and turn it over to a private company for 1 cent on a dollar of value and still leave the original cost attributed to health care?
Are Multi Million dollar contract pay outs to US management companies (Capital Health) allowed to be charged to health care? For that matter, should the management company be a health care charge? If so, why not all charges for it be in its own account so we can actually see what health care is costing us; exclude that amount when determining the actual costs.
Is multi million dollars terminations of health care officials a legitimate charge to health care where the Government has decided to change horses?
Alberta (and BC) are driving up their health care costs to get the highest possible charges in there to make their case for privatization easier.
This being the case our overhaul of what goes into Health Care charges should contain agreement for a audit over the past 4 years of health care and take out all those things not agreed to taken out of the costs. Then we can see what our health care charges are.
Laws governing Blue Cross and other private health care providers are needed if we go down that street.
Providers should not be able to cut us off the plan when we hit a major cost. (This is the experience of Blue Cross and others in the US)
Health care providers should have to accept our medical coverage from employer funded health care. (Now, Blue Cross will not accept your experience in a company funded blue cross program. You have to start new with them; less coverage and more expensive, a rip off!
A system of charges, across the board has to be Governed. As it is, the Physicians charge what they want; The Insurers pay what they want and, you are stuck for the difference with no recourse. Remember, universal health care can mean universal nothing is covered to a level of opulence. Think here of your dental coverage. Lose your employment and you and your family don't have any. Seniors don't have any.
I don't trust either Harper or Ignatieff in a First Minister Meeting now; nothing until provincial elections are fought.
Our health care costs us 10.6% of the all encompassing GDP and the US system costs them close to 18% of their GDP and it is leaving 60 million Americans without any coverage and as the Republicans cut Medicaid down there many more millions will be at risk.
The World Health Organization places Canada at 30th in the world and the US at 37th there is room for improvement. The World Health Organization also says that costs are driven up dramatically when countries try to juggle multi payer systems.