The importance of maintaining and improving Canada’s health care system is widely acknowledged and supported. So too is the underlying vision of a universal Medicare system. Time and again, public opinion polls find that Canadians are proud of our health care system, but more work needs to be done to address the high costs of prescription drugs, meeting the needs of an aging society and immediately acting to address the opioid crisis and its impact on communities across the country. But while public support for strengthening our health care system is clear, the situation is complicated by how the funding model has evolved in recent years.
David Macdonald (he/him) is a senior economist with the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidMacCdn.