Canada’s health-care system is “a mile deep and an inch wide”, argues Sean Speer on The Exchange (cue to 38:00). The system was not setup to address a wide range of issues affecting Canadians. Thus the system fails to achieve universality. Universality is the expectation that everyone has access to public coverage but not necessarily the same access.
Introducing a means-testing approach for access will free up resources for a wider range of services for low and middle income Canadians. There are different ways to think about how to refinance our health-care system. We can provide an approach that is more sustainable, as well as truer to the principle of universality.