Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Poll: Canadians losing faith in state run healthcare

A new poll shows that the previously sacred state run healthcare system is losing its lustre among Canadians, according to a report in the National Post. Support for the availablility of private services is likely to increase from the 45% of respondents in this survey who said that people should be able to pay out-of-pocket for private services if they wish.

Fifty per cent of respondents to the POLLARA survey indicated their confidence in the public health care system is falling, the number rising even higher -- to 54% -- among women.

The results are based on a nationwide survey of 1,200 Canadians, as well as doctors, nurses, pharmacists and 201 health administrators across the country.

The survey was conducted between Aug. 17 and Sept. 2, 2005, and is considered accurate within plus or minus 2.8 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.

The poll showed only 5% of respondents are becoming more confident in public health care.

Declining faith in the system is seen across the country, from 41% of Atlantic Canadians saying they are less confident to 58% of respondents in Manitoba and Saskatchewan.

As a sign of the growing acceptance of public tolerance for private healthcare, the first private clinic in Canada opened on Monday, in Vancouver. Of course, the socialists are in a lather with the usual tired nonsense about "elitism". Apparently, forty more such clinics are planned nationwide.

About time too. The simple fact is that healthcare is an economic activity like any other, and obeys the laws of economics like any other. And when healthcare is a government run monopoly, it becomes an ever more expensive descent into medicrity and a constantly sinking lowest common denominator of service.

For evidence that the state-run healthcare system in Canada is unsustainable, see this report by The Fraser Institute.

For each of the past five years, public spending on health care in every province has grown faster on average than total revenues from all sources – including federal transfers. Nationally, public health spending grew 8 percent annually, compared to 3.9 percent for provincial revenue, 2.4 percent for inflation and 4.6 percent for economic growth. This has resulted in health care taking up an increasing share of provincial revenue over time. Whether one looks at the most recent 5, 8 or 30 years of data, the trends are all the same. If provincial governments continue to maintain the medicare status quo, public health care expenditures will eventually exceed provincial capacity to pay.

The most recent five-year trends indicate that in 7 out of 10 provinces public health spending is on pace to consume more than half of total revenue from all sources by the year 2022, two-thirds by the year 2032 and all of provincial revenue by 2050.

It will be difficult for the socialists to give up one of their most sacred cows, but sooner or later, it will happen because it must happen.


At 2:04 PM, Anonymous Blue Cross of California said...

I hope the Canadians dont lose faith in healthcare as they are doing so well with there health care system.


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