Canadian Health Care System

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History : The beginning of coverage It was not until 1946 that the first Canadian province introduced near universal health coverage. Saskatchewan had long suffered a shortage of doctors, leading to the creation of municipal doctor programs in the early twentieth century in which a town would subsidize a doctor to practice there. Soon after, groups of communities joined to open union hospitals under a similar model. There had thus been a long history of government involvement in Saskatchewan health care, and a significant section of it was already controlled and paid for by the government. In 1946, Tommy Douglas' Co-operative Commonwealth Federation government in Saskatchewan passed the Saskatchewan Hospitalization Act, which guaranteed…show more content…
These principles aim to provide a one-tiered service. In 2004, $91.1 billion or 70% of total health spending was by the public sector. Private sector spending totalled $39.2 billion in 2004, or 30%. Canada ranked 24th out of 27 OECD countries in 2002 for the number of doctors per 1,000 population. It had 2.3 compared with an OECD average of 2.9. The first public health care was established in 1946 in swift current saskatchewan. in 1947 introduction of provincial health insurance in saskatchewan. In 1962 saskatchewan was the first province to offer the first public health programe . Prior to enactment of medicare the expenditure in US and Canada were similar. Infact in 1960 the health care expenditure as a percentage of GDP was greater in Canada than US.(5.4% and 5.1% respectively). In 1970 it was almost same (7.2% and 7.1% respectively).With in 10yrs significant difference were in evident as health care expenditure in canada increased on;y to 7.2% of gdp while in US grew to 8.9%.. There where three historical phase of expenditure within Canadian health. First during 1960 when the health care expenditure increased becoz of expanding public coverage for medical and hospital service .second during 1970, health care spending was stabilized because of the wage and price control . finally, 1980 expenditure ain increased Medicare in Canada When it was initially developed , the cost of thr health care was split evenly between the federal and

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