While Canada seems on cusp of embracing two-tier health care, Ireland is struggling to limit it
This column is an opinionÂ by Steve Thomas, director ofÂ the Centre for Health Policy and Management at Trinity College inÂ Dublin, Ireland. He has been studying the issue of privatization in Canada, is theÂ author of a chapter on Canadian health care in the book ‘Is Two-Tier Health Care the Future?,’ and has collaborated with the University of Toronto and University of Ottawa.Â For more information about CBC’s Opinion section, please see theÂ FAQ.
Be careful what you wish for, Canada.
One way or the other, Canadian courts are about to make some key decisions about the role of private financing and practice in the health care system; the Cambie case in British Columbia is just the latest attempt to overturn fundamental components of publicly funded medicare.
Closing arguments were made last week and the decision in this legal case, which is expected to be appealed to the Supreme Court, will have ramifications for decades and for millions of people. Continue reading