A recent report released by the Montreal Economic Institute suggests new ways that Canada can improve its already popular healthcare system.
The report, by Frederik Cyrus Roeder, a German health economist, suggests that Canada follow Germany's lead by allowing private and for-profit hospitals into the healthcare mix in order to ease the stress placed on the public system.
"Private-for-profit hospitals in Germany provide better quality care, as compared to public and private not-for-profit hospitals," the report states. "When it comes to getting treatment after an appointment with a specialist, private-for-profit hospitals in Germany have the shortest waiting times. They admit patients 16.4 percent faster than private not-for-profit hospitals and 3.1 percent (faster) than public hospitals."
Don Cayo, a columnist for the Vancouver Sun, also addressed Canada's healthcare system and the issue of Canadian health insurance. Cayo writes a better healthcare model is needed for the nation despite the current model being preferable to systems in the United States and United Kingdom. He adds Canada's position in the global healthcare system has been declining over the past several years and changes may be needed.