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The Cost of Waiting for Canadian Medicare

The Private Cost of Public Queues for Medically Necessary Care, 2018

Authors: Bacchus Barua [1], Associate Director, Health Policy Studies, Fraser Institute

Sazid Hasan [2], Economist, Fraser Institute

— Published on May 23, 2018

We frequently hear of the benefits of socialized medical care. We hear of proposals of “Medicare For All.” Periodically we reference what Medicare-for-all really is as in Canadian Medicare. When anything is free, there is always overutilization (Medical Gluttony) which then creates a waiting list and delayed care. The Fraser Institute has calculated how expensive free care ultimately becomes. Read on for reality. You may also like to access the entire report at https://www.fraserinstitute.org/studies/private-cost-of-public-queues-for-medically-necessary-care-2018 [3]


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Canadian Medicare does not give timely access to healthcare, it only gives access to a waiting list.

–Canadian Supreme Court Decision 2005 SCC 35, [2005] 1 S.C.R. 791

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