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.