Fixing B.C.’s Healthcare System:
Two Important and Controversial Views
Canadians love what we think is our healthcare system: public, universal and comprehensive. Universal it is— everyone’s covered. But only hospital stays and doctors' visits are paid from public funds, not other critical components such as medications, long term care, or physiotherapy. So, it’s hardly comprehensive.
Presenter Dr. Stephen Pinney’s research says that Canadian healthcare also is not good value. Between taxes and out-of-pocket costs, it's among the world's most expensive systems. Health expenses eat forty percent of your provincial taxes, and a quarter of all your taxes, while the quality of care is mediocre. Waits for major surgeries, or even CAT scans, can be months long.
So we're smug about having better healthcare than the United States. But on the respected Commonwealth Fund’s international scorecard of eleven advanced nations, Canada ranks next to last.
How to make healthcare better? Our Presenters are Dr. Stephen Pinney, a Canadian orthopaedic surgeon, former clinical professor at UBC, and former head of orthopaedics at St. Paul's hospital in Vancouver, now practicing in San Francisco. in his new book, How Hockey Can Save Healthcare, he prescribes ways to expand coverage while reducing costs and improving your care. Dr. Brian Day is founder of Vancouver's private, for-profit Cambie Surgery Centre. He wants people to have the right to choose private, user-pay health care.
Then it's your turn to ask questions, make observations, express your opinions. Please join us for what might be SFU City Conversations' most consequential conversation on public policy, and your well being. Feel free to bring your lunch.
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