Privatation In Private Health Care

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Introduction Private health care is known in Canada as care that is funded by private sources or by the patient themselves (DeCoster and Brownell 301). There are many different perspectives on whether or not Canada should privatize their health care system. In a situation like this, it must be taken into account what is best in the country’s eyes, and not the perspective of an individual or a single community (Uplekar 898). Quality health care is a concern for many people. In order for a health care system to function efficiently it must be funded and set up properly (Angell 918). The Canadian system is not properly funded and this is why it is under attack for being inefficient and too costly (Steinbrook 1661). Health care should not be privatized …show more content…
Some of these barriers to their treatment are access to proper finances, physicians, and transportation (Elders 813). These are issues that are already present within our health care system and with the introduction of private health care these issues would be heightened. The United States can be used as an example of how patients who are in need of care are often left to fend for themselves, for a variety of reasons. Ted Weiss told one chilling example of this at a Congressional hearing. He told the story of how a pregnant woman was refused help in a private Californian hospital. She waited at the hospital in labour for an extended period of time, before she was transferred to a public hospital. By this time, it was too late and her baby was born dead. This is a common occurrence within a private health care system. Private hospitals do not want to provide care for which they will not be reimbursed. Often, this leads to people being left stranded and without proper care (Brider 1448-1449). In the article, Too Poor to Pay: The Scandal of Patient Dumping, it is discussed many times how patients are being left or transferred to other hospitals after it is discovered that they do not have insurance or enough money to pay for the procedure. The article describes the patients that hospitals turn away as “dump patients” (Brider 1448-1449). This is occurring in the United States and has …show more content…
Rules of professional misconduct, physician kickbacks and physician self-referral, two types of ways to cheat the private health care system are discussed. The two ideas presented in the article are “kickbacks” and “self-referrals”. Both of these ideas rely on the other and present the physician with the opportunity to make more money, while not giving the patient the best treatment possible. The term “kickback” refers to the money that physicians receive compensation for referrals of their patients. This ties into “self-referrals”, which means that physicians will indirectly refer patients to themselves of affiliates in order to collect this compensation money. This compensation comes from IHFs (Independent Health Facilities) or other physicians, and can be in many forms (i.e. cash, discounted office leases, etc.). When these two act together, they decrease the overall efficiency of the health care system by increasing waiting times and prices (Choudhry et al. 1115). This is an example of what can happen if there is no regulation within a system like this. The regulation of a health care system must come from a source that is acting with the common good of the people in mind (i.e. the government). Otherwise, this system could be turned into a business and prey on the poor and defenseless citizens in order to maximize

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