Why are so many Canadians complaining about their healthcare?
Posted May 08, 2018 05:21:00 Canadian doctors, nurses and health workers are often accused of being overly busy or understaffed, while their counterparts in the United States are frequently described as understaffing.
And despite some notable improvements in Canada, Canadians are still experiencing an under-investment in health care, with a new report estimating the country’s health care system is struggling to keep pace with rising medical costs and rising demand.
The OECD health system is in need of a $1.5-trillion investment in 2018, the latest report from the organization, which was released Wednesday, shows.
Canada’s healthcare system is not adequately funded by either the federal government or provincial and territorial governments, according to the report.
A recent report by the Fraser Institute, a conservative think-tank, noted that Canada’s public-health system has suffered significant cost overruns over the past three decades.
As a result, it’s not clear that the system is capable of meeting the demands of the country, Fraser Institute director of public policy Peter Breggin said in a release.
“As a nation, we have the potential to achieve a high standard of care and quality of care for all Canadians,” Breggins said.
Some of the issues highlighted by the OECD report include a lack of investment in community health centres, and a lack, for example, of specialized training for primary care physicians.
In addition, health systems have not been able to increase their staffing, and some systems are still under-staffed by as much as a third, according the OECD.
Although the Canadian system has made significant strides in recent years, it still lags behind other developed nations, including the United Kingdom and Australia.
To address the problem, the OECD has launched a new system to target public-private partnerships in Canada to help pay for health care.
This is the first step in an ambitious national health strategy, according with the OECD, which is set to release a second report in 2018 on its work to achieve universal access to affordable, high-quality healthcare.
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