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Canada's health care system faces criticism

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: (Published 20 May 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:1285

A Canadian expert in social policy has accused Canada's federal government of using “political stealth” to cut health costs. Mr Keith Banting, director of the School of Policy Studies at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, said he believed that Canada's national health care system was in danger of collapse.

In a recent speech to Canadian business economists in Ottawa, Mr Banting said: “Canadians would not stand for the open and explicit repeal of the Canada Health Act. But the quiet erosion of the cash transfer is achieving the same political end by …

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