Public health care refers to a health care system that is paid wholly or in majority part by public funds collected by government in the form taxes, insurance premiums or user fees. Depending on the health care system, public health care may be:
- wholly funded, administered and provided by the government,
- publicly funded for all in a single payer system, but provided by independently managed and or privately owned entities.
- publicly funded institutions and insurance programs provided for some in an private health care system.
In Canada, public health care is mandated by the Canada Health Act, although rising costs and concerns over a fiscal imbalance has led some provinces notably Alberta to consider legalizing private health care.
health, public health, deficit, drug costs, waiting times
[+] A single payer system provides the best health care for all.
[+] A single payer system does not provide the best health care for all.
Alta Grits say leaked documents prove government plans private health care
- LORRAINE TURCHANSKY, CP