I had an in-depth talk about the Harper government's health care funding changes with Fraser Institute Senior Fellow and emergency room physician Dr. Brett Belchetz.
He talks about what was and wasn't accomplished by the recently expired Paul Martin "health accord." Wait times, for instance, were not shortened significantly across the board and remain the longest in the developed world.
Those other nations, he added, also have a blend of public and private care, and their overall healthcare outcomes are ranked higher than ours.
(Did you know that only Cuba and North Korea share our totally "free" healthcare model?)
Dr. Belchetz says the Canadian system requires reform, and that Harper's strategy might finally force the provinces to introduce much needed innovations.
"The Harper government is actually making the right choice here, in saying let's not double down on a system that's not working," he told me.
"Instead, let's address the root causes of the problems in our system."
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