Radical reforms may end Canada's public health service monopolyBMJ 2006; 332 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.332.7541.569-b (Published 09 March 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:569
- David Spurgeon
Fundamental changes to Canada's public healthcare system are likely after Alberta became the latest province to propose opening up more services to the private sector.
Canada is the only industrialised country where private clinics are not legally allowed to provide services covered by the public system—although many do. Plans announced in the last few weeks by Alberta's premier, Ralph Klein, come after similar though less radical proposals suggested for Quebec and plans already set in train in British Columbia. All are aimed at increasing the availability of private health services.
Canada's healthcare system is …