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CANADIAN POLICY: HEALTH CARE 1 CANADIAN POLICY: HEALTH CARE Okanagan College BuAd 425 - Business and Canadian Government Policy Prepared by: Saleh Al-Asaad April, 2018
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CANADIAN POLICY: HEALTH CARE 2 Canadian Policy: Health Care Introduction Government legislative units ought to employ due diligence in analyzing diverse policies that affect a country’s citizens to ensure that social progress, economic empowerment and sustainability is upheld. The changing micro and macro-economic, social and technological environment calls for the articulation of new government policies and the amendment of existing provisions to cater for the demands brought forth by the new developments. Political regimes in their quest for power and legacy always strive to create land mark policies through legislations that are targeted to enhance the lives of the citizens and winning the public support for re- elections into political offices. The sovereign power of every country is vested in the supremacy of the people which is normally exercised through voting and referendums. It is at the people’s disposal to assess and determine favourable policies that address the real problems faced by a country. The key areas in policy making always revolves around the public health, international relations, security, employment and cost of living. The health care policies in a country are quite detrimental towards the overall progress of the given nation. Citizens of a country are only able to embark in nation building when they are healthy. Provision of affordable healthcare is the aim of policy makers in the healthcare service industry and the relevant government agencies. In Canada, health care has been a contentious issue and despite the various legislative attempts to streamline the sector, policies in the industry still depict faults. The provisions as enshrined in the Canada Health Act, 1984 establishes the public funding of the Canadian health care system. The Canadians are able to access health care conveniently financed indirectly through taxes. The publicly funded health care in Canada also commonly referred to as Medicare comprises a set of socially defined health insurance plans that cover Canadians. However, while the Canadian
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CANADIAN POLICY: HEALTH CARE 3 health care system is being funded publicly, the health services in Canada are provided largely by the private healthcare organizations. The provision of healthcare services by private enterprises poses great economic implications due to the high costs relative to the public facilities. The provision of publicly funded services by private firms translates to high costs affecting the government and the taxpayers. This paper will propose policy amendment on the Canada Health Act to improve the quality and limit the provision of publicly funded healthcare services by private enterprises (Sutherland, et al., 2017).
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