By 1961, all ten provinces had agreed to start HIDS Act
Premier Woodrow Lloyd introduced the law in 1962.
The federal government, introduced the Medical Care Act in 1966 that extended the HIDS Act cost-sharing to allow each province to establish a universal health care plan. It also set up the Medicare system.
In 1984, the Canada Health Act was passed, which
prohibited user fees and extra billing by doctors.
In 1999, the prime minister and most premiers reaffirmed
that they are committed to health care that has
"comprehensiveness, universality, portability, public
Canada's publicly funded health care system is best described as an interlocking set of ten provincial and three territorial health insurance plans. Known to Canadians as "Medicare", the system provides access to universal, comprehensive coverage for medically necessary hospital and physician services
At the provincial level, there are also several much smaller health programs alongside Medicare
The largest group the federal government is directly responsible for is First Nations
Each province regulates its medical profession through a self-governing College of Physicians and Surgeons, which is responsible for licensing physicians, setting practice standards, and investigating and disciplining its members
The national doctors association is called the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) Mission: "To serve and unite the physicians of Canada and be the national advocate, in partnership with the people of Canada, for the highest standards of health and health care”
Health Minister Tony Clement said in August 2006 that patients should expect to receive treatment for procedures within an acceptable time. If this does not happen, he said, the patient would be able to seek "recourse."
Medical tourism-one of the reasons- long waiting time
Cuba, Costa Rica, Hungary, India, Israel, Jordan, Lithuania, Malaysia and Thailand, Belgium, Poland and Singapore are now entering the field
South Africa specializes in medical safaris-visit the country for a safari, with a stopover for plastic surgery , a nose job and a chance to see lions and elephants.
If the system goes private people with money will no longer want to pay the taxes required to provide quality health care for everybody
They will want to shift the cost from government to patients, employers, and third-party payers. Once that is done, the competitive advantage of Canada's single-payer public health care system will be lost
Brian Day, orthopaedic surgeon from Vancouver, predicts that in five years Canada will still have universal health care, but with a small private component — perhaps 5 to 10% of core services, as compared with about 1% now
Jack Layton (NDP) in his speech to defence Canadian healthcare said :
“ If you face a medical emergency -- you get the help you need. An admitting nurse doesn't check your credit card -- she checks your pulse”
Sixty years ago Canadians families shouldered their own medical bills. Those with the money got the care they needed, but those without struggled -- they sold their farms, mortgaged their homes, or went without care, suffered, and even died
Our system does have flaws. We need better prescription drug coverage, better remote access to care and better practices in hospitals and clinics. No honest advocate for our health care system would dismiss these things. But Canadian health care works -- and works well
Canadians strongly support the health system's public rather than for-profit private basis
A 2009 poll found 82% of Canadians preferred their healthcare system to the one in the United States, more than ten times as many as the 8% stating a preference for a US-style health care system for Canada.