Wednesday, February 23, 2005

Should Canada Permit More Private Health Care?

An economic review of countries that allow private hospitals and insurance systems

Guest Speaker: Dr. Philippe Cyrenne, Professor of Economics, University of Winnipeg

The Canadian healthcare system differs in one important respect from other major democracies that offer universal access and public financing. Delivery and financial systems in those countries integrate private-sector involvement on a much larger scale. Dr. Cyrenne’s recent book considers whether hospital services in Canada should be privatized to the same degree as physician services and assesses the success of countries that have moved further along that path. He also considers how the use of parallel private insurance coverage affects waiting times and service quality in public systems.

Is this a way to reduce waiting lines and improve service? We will keep you posted.

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