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  Medicare (Canada) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Along with peacekeeping and the CBC a poll found medicare to be one the most defining characteristics of Canada.
They point to the rise of neo-conservative economic policies in Canada, and the associated reduction in welfare state expenditure (particularly in the provinces) from the 1980s onwards as the cause of degradation in the system.
Canada's proximity to the United States is also cited as a serious problem, on account of the infamous "Brain Drain" - a phenomenon which describes the migration of Canadian-trained doctors and nurses (as well as other professionals) to the United States, where private hospitals can pay much higher wages and income tax rates are lower.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Medicare_(Canada)   (2316 words)

 Medicare - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Medicare (Canada) is a comprehensive, universal (for all the citizens and permanent residents in the country) public health financing system.
Medicare (Australia) is a similar comprehensive public health program, administered by Medicare Australia.
Medicare (United States) is a publicly funded health insurance program for the elderly and disabled only.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Medicare   (142 words)

 Business & Health: How Canada's health system works - includes related article on evolution of Canadian system
Canada's health care system, called medicare, is a product of the nation's distinctive political culture, which combines capitalism with social responsibility--a kind of liberal conservatism or vice versa.
Medicare provides first-dollar coverage and there is no limit on what the system will pay for an individual's care during his or her lifetime.
While Canada spends far less on medical research and development as a percentage of its GNP than the United States, Canadians have pioneered the double-lung transplant and mobile blood transfusion units, achieved major breakthroughs in nerve regeneration and neurosciences, and developed insulin, pablum, and that staple of hospitals--instant mashed potatoes.
www.findarticles.com /p/articles/mi_m0903/is_n7_v7/ai_8143595   (1531 words)

 Medicare (Canada)
The term medicare (in lower case) (assurance-maladie) is the unofficial name for Canada's universal public health insurance system.
Currently Canada has the most public hospital system in the world, 98% of all hospital care is paid for by the state, no other country covers more that 80%.
Despite the high costs of providing health care in Canada's hinterland and the high wages necessary to compete with those given in the United States Canada spends no more than the G7 average on health care as a percent of its GDP.
www.brainyencyclopedia.com /encyclopedia/m/me/medicare__canada_.html   (1283 words)

 Medicare (Canada)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Under the terms of the Canada HealthAct, the provinces provideall residents with health insurance cards, which entitle the bearerto receive free medical care for almost all procedures.
They point to the riseof neo-conservative economic policies in Canada, and the associatedreduction in welfare state expenditure (particularly in the provinces)from the 1980s onwards as the cause of degredation in the system.
Canada's proximity to the United States is also cited asa serious problem, on account of the infamous " Brain Drain " - a phenomenonwhich describes the migration of Canadian-trained doctors and nurses (as well as other professionals) to the United States, whereprivate hospitals can pay much higher wages and taxation is much lower.
www.therfcc.org /medicare-canada--7279.html   (925 words)

 Encyclopedia: Medicare (Canada)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
The Canada Health Act is a piece of Canadian federal legislation, adopted in 1984, that lists the conditions and criteria to which the provinces and territories must conform in order to receive the full amount of negotiated transfer payments relating to health care.
Medicare (Australia) is a similar comprehensive public health scheme.
Medicare (United States) is a publicly funded health insurance scheme for the elderly and disabled only.
www.nationmaster.com /encyclopedia/Medicare-(Canada)   (488 words)

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Brooke seemed to argue that Canada's whole "system" stands indicted by the reported problems its ERs were having during a bad flu season, at a holiday period where staff falls as much as 30 percent according to studies cited by the Canadian Institute for Health Information.
The brief upswing in coverage of Canada was followed by a harsh backlash and then, with the stagflation of the l970s, the domestic policy frustrations of the Carter years, and the conservatism of the Reagan administrations, a long silence ensued.
Canada thus poses a threat to the American health insurance industry, to the pharmaceutical industry, and to a substantial portion of the American medical profession.
www.washingtonmonthly.com /features/2000/0007.marmorsul.m4   (2230 words)

 FCPP Publications :: Ten Myths about Canadian Medicare
During Canada's 35-year love affair with the government monopoly, single-payer health care system known as Medicare, its defenders have relied on a series of beliefs about it that are not true.
Canada, in other words, would have had the most expensive health care system in the world, a situation which would have changed only in the 1990s.
Canada's system in fact does create multi-tiered health care, where health care services are distributed on the basis of middle-class networks and the ability to communicate one's needs aggressively to professional caregivers.
www.fcpp.org /publication_detail.php?PubID=505   (7113 words)

 Medicare's Long Term Impact
It is the government that has created medicare and medicaid, forcing taxpayers to pay for the poor health decisions of others, and it is the over-regulation of the health insurance industry that prevents health plans from charging accurate risk-premiums to those who have poor nutrition habits.
In Canada and Australia it is 28%, in Germany it is 31%, in France it is 35%, and in New Zealand and the United Kingdom it is 46%.
In Canada it is 25%, in New Zealand it is 30%, in Australia it is 35%, in Germany it is 44%, in France it is 49%, and in the United Kingdom it is 57%.
www.freedomkeys.com /medicare.htm   (4587 words)

 MCC Canada Ottawa Office - Medicare   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
The national debate on medicare is about loving your neighbour as yourself, said several speakers at the February 28 Ottawa "roundtable" sponsored by the Ecumenical Health Care Network of the Canadian Council of Churches.
Speakers said saving medicare would not require large amounts of new money though the focus should be more on prevention and low level care than on hospital beds and technology.
Canada is at a turning point, speakers said, and people who believe that we are to bear one another's burdens must speak out now.
www.mcc.org /canada/ottawa/medicare.html   (785 words)

 U.S.-Canadian Social Security Agreement
The agreement with Canada helps many people who, without the agreement, would not be eligible for monthly retirement, disability or survivors benefits under the Social Security systems of one or both countries.
Medicare is the U.S. national health insurance system for people age 65 or older or who are disabled.
Although the agreement between the United States and Canada and the understanding between the United States and Quebec allows the Social Security Administration to count your CPP or QPP credits to help you qualify for U.S. retirement, disability or survivor benefits, the agreement does not cover Medicare benefits.
www.ssa.gov /international/Agreement_Pamphlets/canada.html   (4608 words)

 Privatization by Stealth: Canadian Health Care in Crisis   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Canada is a class society, after all, with all the strains on solidarity that implies.
Canada might then be able to reduce government's share of the cost of health care from 70% to something a bit closer to the U.S. level of 40%.
A quarter of Canada's GDP results from trade; three-quarters of its exports are to the United States.
www.solidarity-us.org /atc/85Fisk.html   (4206 words)

 AARP Medicare Report Overlooks Reality, says MedCenter Canada Inc.   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
In a recently released (Dec. 20, 2005) study of 1,820 real-world cases, MedCenter Canada (www.medcenterstore.com) determined that 84.6% of participants would spend less buying prescription drugs from a Canadian pharmacy than by enrolling in their Medicare plan of choice.
Canada is often the better deal but even when it’s not it can be a welcomed safety-net for Medicare gaps and shortfalls,” adds Glassey.
One notorious feature of Medicare D is the requirement to pay full price for a drug when it is not covered by a plan and upon entering the coverage gap (donut hole).
www.prweb.com /releases/2006/1/inktomi333186.php   (572 words)

 MediCare Ambulance WebSite - Home
MediCare Ambulance serves a large geographical region just north of Edmonton Alberta, Canada.
MediCare Ambulance's Event Calendar View our monthly calendar of events to find our where and when our crews will be and what events are planned.
MediCare is glad to announce the recent delivery of a 2002 Crestline New Era Ambulance mounted on a 2002 GMC Chassis to the Morinville Division.
medicare-ems.ab.ca   (199 words)

 Articles - Medicare (Canada)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Unlike other industrialized countries, in Canada citizens with money cannot by law pay for quicker service in a private clinic or hospital and must wait with everyone else.
Funding for medicare in Ontario also comes from a dedicated employer tax that ranges from 0.98%-1.95% of employer profit over $200,000.
This is done for a variety of reasons, including the perceived lack of skill from the foreign professions and the desire to create an artificial scarcity of personnel in a field to keep the wages high.
www.dforever.com /articles/Medicare_(Canada)   (2581 words)

 The Christian Science Monitor | csmonitor.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
TORONTO - It would be hard to overestimate the importance to Canadians of their universal-access Medicare, both as a valued service in itself and as a symbol of what makes their country a kinder, gentler alternative to their neighbor to the south.
Canada, in fact, is the only major developed country whose basic health-care costs are, nominally at least, shouldered completely by the public system, with no parallel private system.
So when Ralph Klein, premier of Alberta, the province often referred to as "Canada's Texas," announced a plan last month to let private clinics perform certain operations hitherto done at only public hospitals, he was blasted for trying to lead the country down the path to a "two-tier" health system.
www.csmonitor.com /durable/1999/12/14/fp1s2-csm.shtml   (915 words)

 National Post Boycott - News
Public Medicare (Canada) Ltd. can access as much funding as necessary to adequately care for all citizens through future public offerings on the stock market.
Medicare's cashflow requirements would also be reduced by the traditional public company methods: downsizing, outsourcing, deunionizing and moving operations to lower-wage jurisdictions.
To ensure that Public Medicare (Canada) Ltd. is accountable and adheres to the spirit and letter of HARM, the federal government will create Canada Health Act, Inc. (CHAI) to oversee its operations.
www.nationalpost.8m.com /news904.htm   (818 words)

 CBC News Indepth: Health Care
While most Canadians - 80 per cent according to Statistics Canada - are satisfied with their access to the health care system, many experience long waits to see a specialist, get diagnostic tests and undergo elective surgery.
With Romanow's landmark report under their belts, the nation's first ministers gathered in Ottawa in February 2003 for a meeting that was described as the most important session on health care since Canada adopted medicare.
The Liberals accused the newly united Conservatives of plotting to turn medicare into a two-tiered system where those who could afford to pay more would be able to buy speedier access to the system.
www.cbc.ca /news/background/healthcare   (1050 words)

 Centerfield: Canada, Drug Prices, & Medicare--The Rant Continues
The drug companies tried the "foreign drugs aren't safe" argument briefly during the debate on the Medicare Bill, but quietly dropped it when people started asking why drug companies were manufacturing and selling unsafe drugs to Canadians.
And there is absolutely NO good reason to ban states and cities from negotiating their own drug prices, rather than getting stuck with a full-price mandate from the federal government.
Sound policy arguments and a complete denial of the truth where common during the Medicare debate, mostly, I think, because of the political nature of this issue.
www.centristcoalition.com /blog/archives/000251.html   (1292 words)

 [No title]   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Today 1 Canada has about 16,000 1 dentists, the vast 1 majority of which 1 are men.
Canadian 0 dentistry is not publicly 5 run (see Medicare (Canada)); only children and the elderly can have 8 free dental care.
For most of the early colonial 5 period dentistry was 5 a rare and 1 unusual practice in 2 Canada.
www.thedentalinsurance.com /dentist_.htm   (814 words)

 The Ghost of America's Health Care Future Lives in Canada Today by James Frogue and Robert Moffit -- Capitalism Magazine   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
It sounds unbelievable, but in seven of Canada's 10 provinces, it's illegal for citizens to pay out of their own pockets for medical services that are covered by the government-run health care system.
A Medicare patient can legally contract privately for a "covered" Medicare service if, and only if, his or her doctor agrees to drop out of Medicare, and give up all other Medicare patients, for two full years -- an unlikely proposition, to say the least.
But stopping any class of Americans from spending their own money on medical services, on terms and conditions that seem right to them and to their doctors, is a profound violation of personal freedom.
www.capmag.com /article.asp?id=855   (785 words)

 Canada Healthcare Lesson (Bad news for socialized healthcare in Canada)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
The supreme court of Canada struck down a Quebec law on Thursday that had banned private health insurance for services covered under medicare, Canada's socialized health-care program.
Supporters of the prohibition against private contracting in Medicare in the United States should take note because our own law has the same effect, making it almost impossible for Medicare recipients to pay privately for services covered by the program.
Odd it is, that a system that is essentially a government program to ration health care should be defensively argued by Canada's state lawyers as being symbolic and and identifying of Canada.
www.freerepublic.com /focus/f-news/1421497/posts   (1599 words)

 Best Drug Prices: Medicare or Canada?
Using the drug plan finder on Medicare's web site, AARP calculated the costs of buying the drugs under the new Medicare plan, which begins on Jan. 1, 2006, or through online Canadian pharmacies.
The bottom line: Medicare was less expensive for four out of the five people studied.
The numbers come from the least expensive Medicare plan each patient could have chosen that covered all of their drugs.
www.webmd.com /content/article/116/112331?src=RSS_PUBLIC   (353 words)

 A Victory for Freedom: The Canadian Supreme Court’s Ruling on Private Health Care
In Canada, patients have long been legally prohibited from spending their own money to purchase medical care privately if that care was also provided under the Canadian government's health care program.
In Canada, in the United States, and elsewhere, liberal groups should be confronted with the failure of socialized medicine, which the four majority justices exposed in the so-called Chaoulli judgment.
Still, down the road, like in Canada, in the UK, and in several other OECD countries, I believe some patients from Vermont shall inevitably suffer and die on waiting lists if the single-payer health care system is to be implemented in that state.
www.heritage.org /Research/HealthCare/hl892.cfm   (2557 words)

 [No title]   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Today 2 Canada has about 16,000 1 dentists, the vast majority 7 of which are men.
8 Canadian dentistry 6 is not publicly 9 run (see Medicare (Canada)); only children and the elderly can have 7 free dental care.
For most of the early 5 colonial period dentistry was 0 a rare and 5 unusual practice in Canada.
www.thedentalinsurance.com /dentistry_.htm   (814 words)

 The Birth of Medicare - Politics and Economy - CBC Archives
Since Tommy Douglas helped usher in Canada's Medicare system in 1967, it has earned the envy of the international community.
CBC reporters spread out across Canada to assess how ready the country is for the introduction of national Medicare.
Justice Emmett Hall, whose 1964 report on health care in Canada set the groundwork for our national Medicare system, discusses his follow-up report in 1980.
archives.cbc.ca /300c.asp?id=1-73-90   (302 words)

 Code Blue: Reviving Canada's Health Care System (Preview)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
No wonder confidence in medicare, Canada’s most cherished social program, has fallen to a historic low.
In Code Blue: Reviving Canada’s Health Care System, David Gratzer takes a close look at our health care system — from the overcrowded emergency rooms of Montreal hospitals, to the thriving practices of Canadian doctors who have decided to head south.
Gratzer argues convincingly that the problems with medicare stem from its very structure, a structure that will only continue to weaken as Canada’s population grows older.
www.ecwpress.com /books/codeblue.htm   (345 words)

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