March 6, 2013 – The Globe and Mail’s Jeffrey Simpson cites MLI’s recent paper on health care reform by former Saskatchewan NDP finance minister Janice MacKinnon in his latest commentary on patient user fees in Canada.
In the paper, MacKinnon argues that user fees, if properly designed, should help finance health care and Simpson agrees. If user fees are implemented, they should be part of the income tax act. Simpson then goes on to list 12 countries that employ co-payments (in the form of either user fees or insurance deductibles). To read more on the patient user fee debate, click here.
The commentary is based on MLI’s recent study, Health Care Reform From the Cradle of Medicare, by Janice MacKinnon.