Equality: A Concept in Canadian Health Care--From Intention to Reality of Provision
Social Science and Medicine (Part C: Medical Economics). 1980 Dec; 14C(4): 243-257.
A sociopolitical analysis is presented of reasons why the author believes the Canadian national health insurance system has not succeeded in achieving greater equality of health and health care for all Canadians. The ambiguity of the concept of equality and of its interpretation within a liberal political framework is discussed, and the processes of implementation of a national health policy are examined. It is argued that Canadian consumers will wish to build a national health insurance scheme that enables them to pursue "equality of opportunity" on top of the existing scheme, which is an "equality of condition" program that has tended to favor providers over consumers. (KIE abstract)
Capitalism; Decision Making; Democracy; Evaluation; Government; Health; Health Care; Health Care Delivery; Health Insurance; Historical Aspects; Human Rights; Insurance; Intention; Justice; National Health Insurance; Political Systems; Public Policy; Regulation; Resource Allocation; Rights; Socioeconomic Factors;
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