Made in Canada Solutions

“We can solve medicare’s apparently intractable problems with innovation. We can modernize medicare with public finance and non-profit delivery….As the problems wane, so will the demand that we change the basic values upon which we established medicare.”

— Dr. Michael Rachlis, Author of Prescripion for Excellence: How Innovation is saving Canada’s Health Care System

By the Numbers

reduction in wait time between having a mammogram and diagnosis of breast cancer in Sault Ste. Marie breast health
centre. Same patients with an abnormal mammogram receive their ultrasound and biopsy the same day.
number of new health professionals hired in Great Britain between 2002 and 2004. This is the main reason for a drop in wait times.
of the doctors in Canada are family physicians, and there are no user fees to see them. In the United States, only 13% are family docs. Canadians have better access to primary care.
Only 7 of 100
patients at a community health centre who see a nurse practitioner need a doctor’s consultation.
more cardiac surgeries were performed each year when Ontario implemented the comprehensive Cardiac Care Network.
of callers to Info-Sante, Quebec’s telephone healthy line said that they would have gone to the Emergency room or doctor’s office. Instead they got they advice they needed over the phone.

Canadians want public health care improved, not dismantled.

Privatization isn’t the answer.

Canada’s public health care is providing quality care for all its citizens, but there are problems we need to solve to improve and expand it.

The people who want to privatize our health services say that allowing a parallel for-profit private system to exist beside our public health care is the solutions.

Privatization isn’t the solution. In fact, it will cost more, give us less and make it worse.

The myth of the European Model.

The privatizers also say that health care in Europe can provide a fix for our health care. They call it the European Model.
In fact, there is no “European Model.” It’s a myth promoted by those who will benefit from selling for-profit health services. There are many different systems in Europe, each with their own problems and benefits.

Countries with doctors that operate in both systems have longer, not shorter wait times. There is no evidence that a parallel for-profit/public system would solve a single one of the problems in our health care system. Where it has been tried, it hasn’t worked.

Canada is developing Made-in-Canada solutions for our public health care problems.

All across the country there are important innovations that are solving the problems in our public health care. These solutions are reducing wait times, cutting costs, improving access to family doctors and specialists, reducing shortages of health professionals and keeping health care affordable. These solutions in the public health care system also maintain the values and principles of our health care system – values that guarantee that everyone gets access to quality health care, regardless of their ability to pay. It’s the Canadian way to improved and expanded public health care for all of us.

Innovation in our public health care is the key to improving and expanding Canada’s health care.

Here are some innovations already underway:

How do we encourage innovation?

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