Why does private health care
lengthen public wait times? Consider a trip to a grocery store. We’ve all been in line at
the grocery store when the place is packed and there are
not enough cash registers open. For-profit clinics argue
that if you opened an express lane, you’ll shorten the other lines. But for-profit clinics make money
by restricting who can use the express lane. The easier the client,
the more profit they make. Clinics pick people
who are relatively healthy and have problems with basic fixes. Complications are expensive. If anything goes wrong
patients get referred to the public system, often jumping ahead of others. [Voice over loudspeaker:]
All available cashiers to the front, please. Express lanes
work well for grocery stores. But in the health system,
there aren’t extra surgeons, radiologists, or nurses
waiting around empty operating rooms. Removing professionals
from the public health-care system means fewer people to see patients. A health-care system
with a public and private lane would mean longer wait times
for just about everyone. It also means a lot more; it changes the ethics
of health care in Canada. No restrictions on who can seek care
and no lengthening wait times. Let’s keep our health care system
open to everyone and based on need,
not the ability to pay.