Government-run health care in Canada is supposed to be wonderful. Tell that to the people who are turning to private clinics and doctors.
Private for-profit clinics are a booming business in Canada — a country often touted as a successful example of a universal health system.
Facing long waits and substandard care, private clinics are proving that Canadians are willing to pay for treatment.
“Any wait time was an enormous frustration for me and also pain. I just couldn’t live my life the way I wanted to,” says Canadian patient Christine Crossman, who was told she could wait up to a year for an MRI after injuring her hip during an exercise class. Warned she would have to wait for the scan, and then wait even longer for surgery, Crossman opted for a private clinic.
American medicine has problems. But our task is to address them while keeping the strengths of the present system. The actual experience in Canada shows just how much we have to lose.