Canada’s vaunted universal and taxpayer-funded health care system was stretched to the limit by the recent COVID crisis, with the problem compounded more recently by health care workers calling in sick after coming down with Omicron.
What is the root of this problem? More importantly, what can we do to fix it?
Well, if the past is any indicator, they won’t be hiring more front-line workers, like nurses and doctors.
They will probably just hire more bureaucrats.
As Licia Corbella explains in her article in the Calgary Herald, “Canada has one healthcare administrator for every 1,415 citizens. Germany: one healthcare administrator for every 15,545.”
The amount of money spent on public health care is essentially the same in each country. Yet international studies show that Germany has more physicians, more specialists, and many more acute care and psychiatric beds. It far surpasses Canada in its inventory of diagnostic equipment (CT, MRI, and PET scanners) and just one per cent of its population waits more than four weeks to see a specialist, compared to 17 per cent in Canada.