Universal Health Coverage No Guarantee of Access

Who:  TheGlobeAndMail

What: Canada’s publicly funded health-care system is meant to provide equal access to medical services for everyone – rich and poor alike. And for many Canadians, universal health coverage is a source of national pride. But a revealing study suggests that privileged individuals sometimes get special attention, while the less fortunate can still face discrimination.

Why:  Although Canadian physicians are paid the same no matter what patient they see, apparently human nature prevails when doctors and their staff decide who they would rather see: someone with a job or a welfare recipient.  A relative shortage of primary care practitioners is certainly a contributing factor.

About Peter Polack

Peter J Polack is founder of emedikon, a medical practice management consulting firm and president of protodrone, a software development company specializing in medical practice applications. A technology columnist for Ophthalmology Management Magazine, he is a managing partner for a large multi-specialty ophthalmology practice in Florida.

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