In most countries with universal health care, patients share the cost of treatment—surgical or pharmaceutical.
Unlike Canadians, Germans do not face long wait times for health care.
Insurance companies are the principal beneficiaries of Ontario’s new publicly-funded pharmacare program.
In the Commonwealth Fund’s rankings of health-care systems, Canada scored a dismal ninth out of 11 countries.
Single-payer health-care systems are often only able to lower costs by rationing services.
More than 13 per cent of patients said they were adversely affected by waiting for non-emergency surgery.
Under Medicare in the U.S., private insurers compete to offer coverage within regions.
Canada’s finance ministers are currently meeting in Ottawa to discuss federal health transfers.
Of the 53,109 ADR reports received in 2012, almost 80 per cent were categorized as “serious.”