Dr. Danielle Martin calls it a “trap.”
Opponents of Medicare argue that privatization or two-tier health care is the answer to the problems that face Canada’s health system.
The trap is to get caught defending the status quo in that debate.
Chair of Canadian Doctors for Medicare, Martin argued at Saturday’s Students for Medicare conference that we should be advocating for a better public system, not defending one that shows mediocre results for what Canadians are spending.
“Who thinks long waits are acceptable?” she asks the room.
Martin argues that what is driving cost is not aging or population growth, but increased utilization of the health care system by all ages.
“More docs, diagnostics and drugs – are we any healthier as a result?” she says.