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Why Canadian Health Care Is So Good

Feb 2, 2008
Canada has many similarities to many other former members of the British Empire, and in particular the mother country. Its capital Ottawa even feels like an English town. Canadian health care is no exception to this. The Canadian health care system is based on the social system of providing health care to all with options on more individual health care for those who wish to spend additional funds. In Canada this is done through socialized health insurance plans that are designed to provide coverage for all Canadian citizens. These insurance plans are publicly funded and administered by each province or territory.

The guidelines for overall coverage are set by the Canadian government. As in the United Kingdom, Canadian medical care provides preventative care and medical treatments from primary care physicians, as well as, access to hospitals, dental surgery and additional medical services as the services are needed. There are very few exceptions to this rule and most Canadians get the medical care they need. The reason that Canadian medical care is so good is that the standards of this subsidized practice are so high that doctors from around the world recognize the quality of the care.

One of the facts that are used to boast of the quality of Canadian medical care is the life expectancy of the average Canadian. Canada has one of the highest life expectancies of any western nation of about 80 years, and also one of the lowest infant morality rates. These facts speak very highly about the quality of Canadian health care.

The Health Care Debate

The continuation of the socialized Canadian medical system seems to be a subject that constantly develops political controversy and debate. However, the quality of the health services itself leads one to question whether the issue should even be debated at all. There are some Canadians who even question the efficiencies of the current system as it attempts to deliver quality Canadian health in a timely fashion.

Many Canadians think that an almost completely private system similar to the United States should be adopted in Canada. However, as the American system proves there are vast inequalities in the U.S. system that has everyone concerned as the costs of health care continue to spiral. The Canadian system is not cheap and over 40% of collected taxes go to fund Canadian health care.

The Canadian Doctor

Like all doctors across the world, the Canadian doctor is absolutely focused on the provision of care and the rendering of no harm to the patient. Canadian medical care has some of the best doctors in the world, and the majority of these doctors are available to anyone regardless of means.
About the Author
Roland Jefferson is an online researcher based out of Los Angeles, Calfornia. For free resources covering 19th Century Health Care, please visit our 19th Century Health Care Resource.
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