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November 2011
FRDP: Free Rider Democratic Party of Canada

Why centralizing the health care system?

Origins and development of the Canadian Medicare

What are the 4 basic principles of Medicare?

What is the modern situation in Canada in respect of Medicare and the consequences of the 90´s cuts in the HealthSystem?

Solutions and proposal for a centralized Health Care System

For further reading

Where to contact us?

This policy brief will start with an introduction of the Canadian health care system and its evolution, marked by a very dynamic platform that has achieved the normative foundation of its system via the principle of equal access.

The policy brief will walk you through thebeginnings of the health care system until today; it will begin with history background, the reasons and needs of its early beginnings and the complex system it has now become. This explanation in an attempt to mark with particularity one disadvantage which we consider to be solvable.

We are the Free Rider Democratic Party of Canada (FRDP), born in 1987, and we send this message to the prime ministerand the Canadian parliament, to ask for the centralization of the Health Care System, in representation of all native groups in Canada, with an especial emphasis of the natives in Quebec so the payment of taxes becomes equal among states and everyone receives the same health system.

We have understood the dynamism the effort of the system in its ability to respond and adapt to the residents,evolving according to their needs by providing high quality medical services.

This is been precisely possible due to its principle and structure of equal access that makes it a universal interest. It is important to understand also the role of welfarism in our times.

Canada has a broader understanding when it comes to reducing the gap of income; it has a major sense in equality and is verycomplex in its values. Medicare is a clear example of what Canadian values and society stand for, this strong relation makes the universal healthcare intrinsically linked to Canadian identity[1]

Saskatchewan in 1944 was one of the first provinces who led the introduction of universal health care in hospitals as insurance. By 1956 the federal government presented the opening of cost share to be50-50 with the provinces, it’s until 1958 that all provinces introduce the universal hospital coverage.

All Canadians were assured with access to medical services by 1971, discarding employment, income or health. Due to rising costs in medical care, many doctors took the decision to leave the system in place and get their own patients. In early 1980 that bans were separation and collection offees to the independent.

Besides the participation of citizens in the regulation of health system and social services, there are some civil society organizations involved in both the provision of health services and social services.

Many of these organizations appeared before the establishment of public health system in the form of charities, cooperatives and other mutual aid associations.With the creation of public health, the voluntary sector became a resource to cover the non-satisfied needs of public services.

Today, in the context of the crisis of public health, the aging of the population and increasing costs associated with the technological “revolution" in the health sector, civil associations are called to provide health and social services. (From Participación yorganización comunitaria en el sector salud: Servicios sociales quebequense)

In the Canadian act of 1984 denies any kind of federal support to provinces within the health insurance plans and prohibits any patient Medicare privately.

This law in defining and solidify all the principles on Medicare, which says that all provinces must provide facilities and necessary medical services to patients,...