CMA responds to Citizen two-tier health care story

Further to our recent story about Bruyere Continuing Care CEO Michel Bilodeau’s public musings about introducing two-tier private insurance in Canada, Canadian Medical Association President Dr. John Haggie has written to the Ottawa Citizen regarding the suggestion that this was something the CMA  endorsed.

Haggie writes:

“The CMA’s position is that core services such as hospital and medical services should be publicly funded. Only when access to timely care cannot be provided in the publicly funded system should Canadians be able to use private health insurance to reimburse the cost of care obtained in the private sector.”

Haggie goes on to state that Canadian physicians agree with Canadians who want a strong, publicly funded system. Patients must have access based on need, not ability to pay, he states.

The Canadian Medical Association is the professional organization representing 74,000 doctors across Canada.

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