The Bottom Line

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The Alberta government is looking to the private sector – and in particular to private health insurance – to solve health care problems. However, private health insurance is mired in myth and misunderstanding. The Bottom Line summarizes a huge body of evidence to get to the truth: private health insurance is more expensive and actually reduces access to health care. Evidence reveals that a manufactured cost crisis is driving the push for more private health insurance. This book examines the implications of the recent Supreme Court Chaoulli decision in Quebec, and offers vignettes of life before medicare. The Bottom Line concludes that the Alberta Conservative government is needlessly pursuing a US-style health system. In this highly readable and well-researched book, Diana Gibson and Colleen Fuller get to the real story behind private health insurance and offer viable solutions for strengthening Canada's public health care system from within.

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Date de parution 01 avril 2006
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EAN13 9781927063071
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The Bottom Line The truth behind private health insurance in Canada
DIANAGIBSON &COLLEENFULLER
Copyright © Parkland Institute 2006
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Library and Archives Canada Cataloguing in Publication Fuller, Colleen, 1952-The bottom line : the truth behind private health insurance in Canada / Colleen Fuller, Diana Gibson.
Co-published by: Parkland Institute. Includes bibliographical references. ISBN-13: 978-1-897126-10-3 ISBN-10: 1-897126-10-7
1. Medical care--Canada. 2. Insurance, Health--Canada. 3. Privatization--Canada. I. Gibson, Diana, 1967- II. Parkland Institute III. Title.
HD9399.C32F85 2006 362.1'0971 C2006-900879-5
Board Editor: Doug Barbour Cover image:istockphoto.com Cover design: Amber Rider and Katherine Hale
NeWest Press acknowledges the support of the Canada Council for the Arts and the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, and the Edmonton Arts Council for our publishing program. We also acknowledge the financial support of the Government of Canada through the Book Publishing Industry Development Program (BPIDP) for our publishing activities.
NeWest Press 201–8540–109 Street Edmonton, Alberta T6G 1E6 (780) 432–9427 www.newestpress.com
Parkland Institute Faculty of Arts, University of Alberta 11045 Saskatchewan Drive Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2E1 www.ualberta.ca/parkland
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To Dave, Eva, and the Parkland Institute: Dave, my incredible husband without whom this book would not have happened and Eva, my toddler who was so strong and patient with my absences. And the Parkland for working so tirelessly to open spaces for creative public debate in the province. —Diana
To John: To John Calvert, who shares and enriches my life beyond measure. And to the ones who, generation after generation, fight for a health care system based on the timeless principles of fairness and equity. I am in awe of their enduring commitment to the common good. —Colleen
Contents
Acknowledgements
Introduction
The Path to Private Insurance Unfolds
Myth 1: Private insurance is a ‘new’ model for health care
Myth 2: Private insurance will increase access and choice for individuals
Myth 3: Private insurance will be cheaper for individuals
Myth 4: Expanding private insurance is part of a ‘Third Way’; a European model, not the American model
Myth 5: The public system is unsustainable; costs are growing out of control
Myth 6: Private insurance will save the public system money
Myth 7: Public funding and universality are behind the wait list problems; expanding private insurance will reduce waits Conclusions and Recommendations
Glossary: Insurance terms Canadians might have to become familiar with Endnotes About the Authors