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Health care efficiency reforms better option than privatization

Positive results more feasible nationally than on 'piecemeal' provincial, local levels.

Shamian: Health Act should not be suspended to test market-friendly user fees, private insurance.Judith Shamian, President of the Canadian Nurses' Association, suggests in the Financial Post that the Canada Health Act should be used to implement nation-wide changes to the health care system, changes that would improve efficiency while avoiding the risks of privatization.

"The Canadian Nurses Association was very disappointed to hear the Fraser Institute repeat the usual rhetoric that our health system is unsustainable unless, of course, we swallow the magic pill of privatization.

The Canadian Health Coalition reveals that from 1975 to 2009, medicare spending has remained remarkably stable at between 4% and 5% of our gross domestic product. The biggest health cost escalator is, in fact, prescription drugs which are largely paid for in the private realmÂ…"

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Posted: May 12, 2011

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