Doctors as stewards of medicare… or not?
Canadian physicians are deeply invested in medicare because it’s how they’re paid. Despite this, the majority of physicians haven’t strongly supported medicare. They’ve criticized it as contributing to a loss of income and individual autonomy, and they’ve opposed it with strikes and lawsuits. These opponents to medicare may be unaware that it has been beneficial to their income, and many fail to connect it with improving health outcomes and equalizing access to care.
In this paper, you’ll learn about some small, physician-led organizations that have supported medicare over the years. You’ll come to know their common characteristics and how physicians might become better stewards of this important program in the future.
Read as published in Health Economics, Policy and Law Volume 13, Special Issue 3-4 (SPECIAL ISSUE: Canadian Medicare: Historical Reflections, Future Directions)