The Ontario Chamber of Commerce is convinced the cure for what’s ailing our health care system lies in privatization.
The declaration is included in a new report released Tuesday, which urges the government to consider other single-payer models like the ones in Australia and the United Kingdom which embrace more private delivery of care.
“Canadians have a genuine fear of ‘American-style’ health care, and any discussion of private partnership in health is quickly quelled for this reason,” the chamber wrote. “But this ignores both the considerable share of health care already delivered by the private sector as well as the robust and equitable role of industry in other single-payer models such as the United Kingdom’s National Health Service or Australia’s Medicare.”
The Chamber wants to leverage private sector know-how, capital, technology, and processes to get more bang for our buck when it comes to health care spending.
The majority of Canadians agree it is unsustainable, according to a survey arranged for by the Chamber just last month. The survey also found 75% of respondents felt our health care is better than other countries.
Unfortunately, that’s not exactly true.
The U.S.-based Commonwealth Fund ranked Canada 10th out of 11 countries, only beating America on the list and trailing countries like Australia, Germany, The Netherlands, Norway, United Kingdom, Switzerland, Sweden, New Zealand and France.
The report from the Chamber begins a year-long plan to develop a new blueprint for sustainable health care that includes an opportunity for more partnership with the private sector.
The document’s release follows a weekend townhall meeting organized by the London Health Coalition and the Ontario Health Coalition. The meeting invited members of the public to voice their concerns about health care spending cuts.
The Coalition wants less privatization, fearing more private sector involvement will lead to higher costs for patients, so the group is working on it’s own health care blueprint to submit to the provincial government.