How do they DO that?! Canada's Medicare explained by an expert
Martha Livingston, one of the editors of 10 Excellent Reasons for National Health Care, supplements the wonk, describing how Canadian Medicare came about and how it works today.
Just a few points I found interesting [and there's lots more in the videos; you should watch them]...
- In 1962, when Saskatchewan went to single payer, doctors went on strike. How did everyone cope? Doctors from Britain came over and filled in until their Canadian counterparts came to their senses.
- 1983 gets mentioned here too. The Canada Health Act, enacted to deal with financing Medicare, is 13 pages long, and that includes the wide margins and the English and French translations. Remember that the next time you're tempted to scoff at the lack of dead-tree-ness in HR 676 [PDF].
- Paperwork to bill [Canadian] Medicare for one week's worth of healthcare delivered by a doctor takes... 45 minutes. I defy you to find a doc here in the US who can say that about their practice.