Canada's health system needs overhaul, say nation's doctors

BMJ 2007; 335 doi: (Published 30 August 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:419
  1. Barbara Kermode-Scott
  1. Calgary

    Canada's public health system, created in the 1960s, needs to be modernised to expand access and improve patient care, according to Canada's doctors.

    The system primarily funds services provided by hospitals and doctors; it pays for 98.7% of doctors' services but only 45.6% of the cost of prescription drugs, according to the Canadian Medical Association. Canadian residents, or their insurance plans, are responsible for paying for other health services, such as crutches for someone who has broken a leg, an ambulance for someone who has had a heart attack, and even …

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