Canadian Healthcare at the Crossroads


The week from July 10th to 17th is an obvious week for Canadian health care and we haven’t seen it well.

Senior in Fredericton, New Brunswick died While waiting for care in the emergency department of the hospital. Witnesses said the man was “obviously uncomfortable,” but not enough to get the attention of health care workers. He eventually collapsed and died of a heart attack. Prime Minister Brain Higgs responded to the resulting public protest by dismissing both his health minister and the CEO of the health authority that oversees the hospital.

The situation wasn’t good in Ontario, where a 76-year-old cyclist with a broken leg was left behind. baffling 4 days on a stretcher in the corridor of a small local hospital. problem? He needed surgery at the London Health Science Center, and it didn’t have an available bed.

On the other hand, in Victoria, British Columbia, 13 Japanese Prime Ministers had a meeting to discuss medical care, but the discussion did not go beyond the usual financial struggle.

The prime minister wanted federal medical transfer payments to increase from 22 percent to 35 percent of medical costs. The government blatantly answered “no” to that particular request, and state monetary calculations include an additional $ 2.85 billion to cover the surgically untreated portion and medical care in the last two years to combat the pandemic. He said he did not consider the approximately $ 70 billion allocated to.

Finally, British Columbia’s legal system Weighed Healthcare innovation by dismissing legal proceedings granting individuals the right to use their money to purchase insurance that covers health care outside the government system. (Canada is the only country in the world that relies solely on the public health system.)

Both the British Columbia Supreme Court and the British Columbia Court of Appeals have ruled against Dr. Brian Day and his attempt to modernize medical care in Canada.

Due to legal decisions, some patients’ rights may be violated by waiting lists that deny access to timely healthcare, but health to ensure a fair provision of healthcare. It is more important to maintain the government’s monopoly on care. Prevents the creation of a two-tier system.

Family members of patients who are denied daily care (and in the above circumstances) may not be impressed by the court’s ideological attachment to the concept of equal access and the claim that the system remains unchanged. ..

Based on all of the above, the logical question would be: “What is your plan?”

What should i do? Do you fire the Minister of Health every time someone dies?

in the end, research It shows that at least 11,581 patients across Canada died between 2020 and 2021 while waiting for surgery, medical scans, and professional treatment. In addition, 5 million Canadians do not have a family doctor. There are more than 100,000 Canadians on the waiting list for treatment.

After two years of pandemic spending, both federal and state vaults have been emptied. According to a survey by the Frontier Public Policy Center, eight out of ten states spend at least 40 percent of their total income on health care. In the case of the two outliers, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island, that number is over 30%.One analyst believes that healthcare will take about the same amount of time 80 percent of the state budget By 2030.

All the extra money allocated to health care has a serious impact on all other social spending, including education. How much can we allocate to healthcare?

Since the court system works in a strictly legal context, it is difficult to expect to consider the economic implications of that decision. However, we expect the court to consistently consider the evidence and rules when it supports (or claims to support) the principles of the Charter. Still, the British Columbia Court of Appeals was unable to do so.

A Canadian court ruled in favor of a small number of people rather than many when they agreed to an individual’s right to what is now called dying medical assistance. In a legal system that is obsessed with rights and equality and has changed the law to allow individuals to choose death over pain, courts will find that individuals are entitled to timely treatment to relieve pain. ..

Canadians are at a crossroads. It’s time to stop talking about money for healthcare and start talking about changing healthcare.

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Susan Martinuk