What parts of the health care system in Canada is already privatized?

Are hospitals, doctors offices and emergency rooms part of the health care system that are already privatized? If so, what other parts of the health care system is already privatized? Thanks for all your help!

About 75 percent of health care services in Canada are delivered privately but funded publicly. The government does not run most of the hospitals and clinics; it only pays them for the services they provide, and sets the fees they can charge.

Some things are not covered by the government system, including prescription drugs and dental care. To cover those needs, most Canadians have supplemental private insurance, which is usually paid for by their employer.

2 Responses to “What parts of the health care system in Canada is already privatized?”

  1. Nightrider says:

    None. There is no part that is private, however many are adopting to a form of private care. It is illegal to bill patients for medical care but there is a way around it. Everything is government run and subsidized with standard treatments. I do not know how long this can last because the cost of medicare is skyrocketing.

    If you need extra special care, be prepared to pay out of pocket but usually reimbursed by the supplementary medical coverage for which you pay a monthly or an yearly subscription to an insurance company. (an insurance premium).

    Most employers offer this as an employment incentive to their employees. So, again you are not out of pocket on that extra expense.

    If you are poor, and if you can’t afford the supplementary, then the standard medical care is not all that bad.

    Waiting times at the hospitals and doctor’s clinics can be frustrating though but, that’s what you get for paying nothing.
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  2. Johnny Friendly says:

    About 75 percent of health care services in Canada are delivered privately but funded publicly. The government does not run most of the hospitals and clinics; it only pays them for the services they provide, and sets the fees they can charge.

    Some things are not covered by the government system, including prescription drugs and dental care. To cover those needs, most Canadians have supplemental private insurance, which is usually paid for by their employer.
    References :
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Health_care_in_Canada#Private_sector