Canadians Ready for Major Health-Care Change
A sweeping new study of Canadians' attitudes toward their health-care system shows a willingness to accept major changes. The report was commissioned by Canada's Commission on the Future of Health Care.
Focus group participants around the country said they would sign on to receive health care from a team of professionals, including doctors, nurses, pharmacists and others. They would see nurses instead of doctors to save money, and would use 24-hour information lines.
The consensus of 12 groups of 40 Canadians each was that smart cards to track medical records and costs of care was a good idea. So was the idea of useer fees for extra services only, such as a second opinion from a physician outside the system. But they didn't want a private system paralleling the public system.