Who better to tell us what the status of health care is, then from a doctor. They are, however, I think only viewing the solution from the current status of health care.
Unfortunately, the program is being constantly interfered with by an inept federal gov't, who has somehow convinced the majority of Cdns that they are the experts ( which we know is not true - just ask a sick Canadian who waits and waits). The only people who benefit from the current structure of health care are healthy people. Get sick and you enter the world of incompetent bureaucrats who sit in swivel executive chairs thinking they know better than doctors and nurses who are on the front lines everyday.
If these doctors were offered other scenarios within which to work (ie. money follows patient, decentralization of services [removing the feds, creating clinics hat deal with minor health issues - sprains, minor breaks, cuts, small burns, midwives, etc.] salaried physician positions) .. well - you get the idea. Just a few of many ideas that can be, and should be discussed fully because all of these scenarios, in my opinion, can be achieved within the framework of publicly funded health services.
But I am also not against spending your money the way you see fit. After all, you should have the right to do whatever you want with your take home money. You can buy a car, a house, go to the movies, a restaurant, gamble.... but for some reason you can't buy extra health coverage for yourself??
Two tier health has been around forever. If you are not working for a company that provides you with extended health coverage for prescriptions and dental work, then you are already experiencing two tiered health. Seen the price of prescriptions these days?? How about a dentist?? You can already purchase Blue Cross to cover prescriptions and dental so why not take it one step further by allowing insurance coverage for major medical emergencies?
How do you, as a fellow Canadian, feel about the current health program? Do you support the notion of private coverage? Do you have any ideas of your own that you would like to share with your fellow bloggers about ways to improve the program? I, for one, would be interested in hearing what you have to say.