Let’s aim higher for the health care we deserve
As we know from history, major disasters are the impetus for important change because they expose the fallacies of sacred cows. After the disaster of COVID, we have a unique opportunity now to make the new investments needed to build the health-care system Canadians want, need and can afford.
In the year before the pandemic began, Statistics Canada, pictured, reported that 4.6 million Canadians over age 12 (14.5 per cent of us) did not have access to 'a regular health-care provider they see or talk to when they need care or advice for their health.' That’s a basic gap and recipe for a lack of prevention and care for problems when they could be most simply dealt with, and at the least cost. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright