The Alberta government is looking to the private sector – and in particular to private health insurance – to solve health care problems. However, private health insurance is mired in myth and misunderstanding.
The Bottom Line summarizes a huge body of evidence to get to the truth: private health insurance is more expensive and actually reduces access to health care. Evidence reveals that a manufactured cost crisis is driving the push for more private health insurance.
This book examines the implications of the recent Supreme Court Chaoulli decision in Quebec, and offers vignettes of life before medicare. The Bottom Line concludes that the Alberta Conservative government is needlessly pursuing a US-style health system.
In this highly readable and well-researched book, Diana Gibson and Colleen Fuller get to the real story behind private health insurance and offer viable solutions for strengthening Canada's public health care system from within.
Praise for The Bottom Line:
"You need to know what you are going to lose. Read this book and join the fight to stop the Americanization of Canada's health care system before it is too late"
- Shirley Douglas, daughter of Tommy Douglas
"This important and easy-to-read book deftly exposes the myths about the benefits of private health care."
- Linda McQuaig, author and journalist
"Private health insurance is being spun as new cloth ... The Bottom Line makes it clear that it is actually very old cloth with lots of holes which Canadians threw out for good reason a long time ago."
- Gillian Stewart, co-author of Clear Answers
The Bottom Line: The truth behind private health insurance in Canada is available from Parkland Institute. Contact us for details.