The Canadian healthcare system affects each and every citizen of this country. People of every background, be it economic or cultural, rely on our hospitals and healthcare professionals to care for us in times of need. One of the many reasons that Canada is rated again and again to be the best country in the world to live in, is the fact that we can provide free basic healthcare to each and every citizen. But today in Canada, we are facing a healthcare crisis on many levels. Our hospitals are overcrowded, many of our top professionals choose to practice south of the border and our aging population must be cared for. These are just a few of the problems that must be dealt with quickly and effectively, to ensure the continued high standards of living we have come to enjoy.
I believe that the single most important issue when it comes to healthcare in Canada, is how federal dollars will be spent. How this process is handled directly regulates the quality and type of care patients in each province will receive. There has historically been conflict between the provincial and federal governments when it comes to deciding how these dollars will be spent, but I believe that I will be able to come to a fair agreement with each and every premier.
I propose that the federal spending be split 60:40, with 60% of the dollars being under the jurisdiction of the federal government and the remaining 40% to be spent at the discretion of the provincial governments. By doing this, the federal government could standardize many services, and be sure that be sure that no province is severely lacking in any one area. Each provincial government would then have the remaining sum of money to spend in areas that they feel need it. Under this new system, the tracking of how federal dollars are spent will be much more accurate, because a large sum is directly being spent by the federal government itself.
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Another problem in the past with distribution of federal dollars has been with Quebec and other more conservative provinces, which are more weak federalists. With this new proposal, each province will be able to spend a significant amount how they see fit, without the federal government intruding.
A problem that is worsening in Canadian society, and will continue to do so unless action is taken, is the “Brain Drain” to the United States. Physicians and other specialists continue to receive the highest quality education in our Canadian system, and move to the U.S to practice. This is a very difficult problem to overcome, because of the state of the Canadian dollar, although I believe this can be solved. The first step in increasing the number of physicians practicing in rural areas would be to give them an immediate and substantial tax break. Although this would not be a complete solution to the problem, it would decrease the number of doctors leaving to practice in the U.S. A problem such as this cannot be completely solved, until the Canadian economy matches that of the U.S. The solution to stopping the migration of trained specialists to the U.S from our large cities, for the time being, is to hand to them an immediate wage increase. This is a “Band-Aid” solution, because it would only be in effect until the Canadian economy eventually caught up to that of the U.S.
The final issue which I am to address today, is that of the notorious “2 Tier” healthcare system. My party and myself are firmly against the idea of having a sub-par healthcare system for the poor, and will aim to bring the quality of all healthcare in this country up to that of privatized clinics. This may seem like a tall order, but it can and must be done. Under the government of my party, all Canadians will have free access to any necessary procedures. This may mean slashing funds from the military, but my party and myself believe that it is a sacrifice that must be made. The health and well being of Canadian citizens are more important than fighting, or “peace keeping” in foreign wars. Only cases of very specialized and abnormal diseases and maladies will be sent abroad for treatment.
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I have outlined here, some of the solutions I have for the growing number of problems facing the healthcare system in Canada today. Although these are just a few of them, we must start somewhere. The only way these issues will be addressed properly is by the methods being proposed my party and myself. I appreciate all the support you have given me, and urge you to think about what has been said here tonight when you cast your ballot.