Canadian Health Care System Research Paper

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Altheia Williams July 29, 2015 HSCA 4655 Canadian Health Care System The Canadian health care system, which is also known as “Medicare”, is designed to ensure that all residents have reasonable access to medically necessary hospital and physician services on a prepaid basis (hc-sc.gc). Canada has a national program that is composed of thirteen interlocking provincial and territorial health insurance plans, in which all of them share certain common features and basic standards of coverage (hc-sc.gc). The roles and responsibilities for this health care system are shared between the federal and provincial-territorial governments. These provincial and territorial governments are also responsible for management, organization and delivery of…show more content…
These five principles are Public administration, comprehensiveness, universality, portability, and accessibility. By having these principles, Canadian citizens have all the necessary health services they need carried out without having to pay an out-of-pocket fees. Meaning they can live healthy lifestyles without worrying about paying doctor bills for minor procedures or checkups. Even if a Canadian were to travel from province to province they are guaranteed access to health care. Accessing Canada's health care system involves first applying for a provincial health card ( Once a health card is issued, it is used whenever that individual is visiting a physician or health care provider ( The health card holds an identification number, which is used to access a person's medical information ( After attaining health care coverage that person can then register with a primary care physician and continue with routine visits in which they would only need their health card. Health care coverage cannot simply be denied because of a lost job or unpaid premiums. Also, having a pre-existing condition(s) will not call for a lifetime limit or…show more content…
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