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  •  Still, it's NOT "single payer" (1+ / 0-)
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    another biggie that is not covered is prescription drugs.

    Plus, hospitals seem to be seeking private donation (or are they just naming facilities and wards after people and corporations capriciously?)

    •  It is single payer in that 100% of insured (3+ / 0-)
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      Mr Robert, indres, Pluto

      services are covered.  And yes, you're right, prescription drugs are a huge example of non-insured services.  

      And yes hospitals seek donations and do lotteries etc.  Canada has been exposed to the same neo-liberal dogma as the rest of the world and had drastic budget cuts in the 90's, and the damage has only been partially repaired.  Donations do contribute to funding projects/wings/research, but nobody's medical procedures are denied due to lack of donations.  The donations are not connected to service delivery, which is paid for by billing the provincial insurance agency.

      Canada is FAR from the best single payer system though, no question of that.  The NHS is more comprehensive, but there is still supplementary private insurance like in Canada.

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