Canadian Health Care Policy

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Canada’s health care policy was designed to give all residents equal right and access to health care professionals. Although health care is available to all Canadian citizens, it publicly funded, not free. The provinces have separate health care plans but they all share common characteristics which were decided in the Canada Health Act. The Canada Health Act of 1984 was an amalgamation of two previous acts with an addition to give all Canadians access to health services; however, recently Canada’s health care policy has been challenged. It has been argued that there is confusion in the meaning of accessibility (Wilson & Rosenberg, 2004) and that Canada’s health care policy does not address the need for competent patient care (Liberman,…show more content…
Wilson and Rosenberg explain that Canada’s health care system went through many changes when the “federal government reduced its financial support to the provinces and the provincial governments responded by restructuring health care delivery, sometimes in open defiance of the Canada Health Act” (2004). Since these changes have been made, many Canadians feel as though health care is now less accessible than it was before. For example “for Canadians in their everyday lives, there is a growing perception that health care delivery is becoming less accessible as waiting times to see a physician or receive hospital services grow longer, services disappear altogether, or become privatized in their communities” (Wilson & Rosenberg). For some residents, they do not seek health care when they need it because do not want to deal with these long waiting times, others cannot afford the travel cost or the cost of the service itself. Many Canadian residents are not confident that they would not receive the health care they need if they were to have a medical crisis (Wilson & Rosenberg). There is a question that must be answered, is the principle of accessibility from the Canada Health Act being defied? The answer to this question is unclear because the Canada Health Act does not give an exact definition in the meaning of “reasonable access” (Wilson & Rosenberg). Medical services are available and most of the costs are covered under insurance,
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