Archive for December 3, 2013
Unlike in the United States, where health care is a mostly private enterprise, health care in Canada is delivered through a publicly funded, government managed, health care system. The system is funded primarily through income taxes. As a result, most health services are either free or involve a very small copay. For example, when a patient goes to see a doctor in Canada, the doctor will bill the government directly, rather than the patient, for reimbursement.
Costs are kept low a number of ways. For example, the administrative simplicity of the system saves Canadians millions. The system also discourages competitive practices like advertising that can drive up prices. Another that costs are kept down is by encouraging preventive health screenings, including yearly examinations, in order to catch d