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Canada Must Fix the Healthcare System

When asked to describe what makes Canada unique compared to other countries, many outsiders might yell out “Hockey!” “Cold Weather!” or “Free Health Care!.” Health care is definitely one of Canada’s most noticeable trademarks when compared to the United States, but the reality is that our health care services are not what they are made out to be. Canadians tend to take pride in the fact that they have a Government funded health care system, but the system is failing at a rapid pace. One can gage the quality of health care in our country while at the emergency ward in any hospital, where most Canadians realize its downsides. The Government spends most of its budget towards health care but Canadians are not feeling an improvement. Waiting times at the emergency rooms are only increasing and they can be life threatening which is why many Canadians are crossing the border to find better and faster service, even if payment is required. Canada’s single tiered health care is slowly starting to become our bane and is not on a par with modernizing healthcare services. A well thought out and planned two-tiered health care system would solve many of the growing problems related with one of the Government’s biggest spending interests. Allowing Canadians the option between Government regulated and controlled paid health care or Government funded health care would benefit consumers and decrease spending of the budget. The three areas that will be discussed in relation to the health care problem are: the true state of health care in Canada, a hinting change towards the privatization of health care, and a closer look at the possible advantages and disadvantages of a two tiered system.

Our health care system receives a lot of funding from the Gov...

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... is hard to say whether or not this type of system would work out.

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