CBC News Inquiry Problems and Cures
Day Five Topic Private Versus Public
Some say privatization is the only solution to skyrocketing costs. Others say it will lead to a two-tier system and destroy medicare as we know it. On Nov. 28, Health Care Commissioner Roy Romanow presented his prescription for health care reform. During the week before the release cbc.ca, CBC Radio and CBC Television examined the main issues: the changing nature of health care, Canada compared to the world, who has access, privatization, obstacles to change and who pays.

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flash Betting on health care: Are hospital lotteries a legitimate way to raise funds? By CBC Radio3. Launch Flash Movie
flash Health care’s controversial history: A multimedia timeline with footage from CBC Radio and Television archives.
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text The Romanow Commission: a backgrounder by News Online
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audio How well do public and private systems respond to the challenges of modern medicine? Justin Hayward reports on CBC Radio One's World Report. [Real Audio runs 1:34]
audio When going private is better than nothing: Kimberly, British Columbia, does what's necessary to keep its hospital.
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And The Virtual Patient, Part One: Doctors across the country are quizzed about treating two patients with different conditions. Where are the prospects for treatment and cure best? On CBC Radio One's The Current.
Part One: [Real Audio runs 3:16]
Part Two: [Real Audio runs 4:03]
Part Three: [Real Audio runs 3:34]
video CBC TV's Christopher Thomas reports on the challenges to the health care system caused by the growing number of private for-profit MRI clinics in Canada. [Real Video runs 5:47]
video Some businesses are investing in programs to prevent sickness on the job. CBC TV's Belle Puri reports. [Real Video runs 2:44]
video Cam MacIntosh reports for CBC TV on Alberta, at the forefront of the push for private, for-profit, health care. [Real Video runs 2:02]
video Is profit bad? Maureen Taylor looks at the role of private care in Canada. On CBC TV's Canada Now. [Real Video runs 2:24]
audio Some people swear by private medical care: Others are offended by the very idea. Is there a role for private, profit-based medicine in Canada? Justin Hayward reports on CBC Radio One's The World at Six. [Real Audio runs 6:39]
video The price of privatization: Private health-care companies flourish in Vancouver. CBC TV's Kelly McCLughan reports for The National.
[Real Video runs 11:44]

From CBC Archives
CBC Archives Medicare gets a rough ride in Regina: Opponents of the government's medicare scheme rally before the legislature during the Saskatchewan doctors strike. Broadcast July 11, 1962. From CBC Radio and Television Archives Web site: The Creation of Medicare.
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Facts & Figures

Average health care spending per household in Canada in 2000 was $1,357, up from $1,009 in 1996.
– Health Care in Canada 2000, Canadian Institute for Health Information

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A comic's view:
"Bottom line is: with privatization I will receive better health care service because new minimum wage earners would be working for my tips."
George Westerholm


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THU. NOV. 21:
THE CHANGING NATURE OF HEALTH CARE

FRI. NOV. 22:
CANADA AND THE WORLD

SAT. NOV. 23:
WHO HAS ACCESS?

SUN. NOV. 24:
WHO HAS ACCESS?

MON. NOV. 25:
PRIVATE VS. PUBLIC

TUES. NOV. 26:
OBSTACLES TO CHANGE

WED. NOV. 27:
WHO PAYS?

THURS. NOV. 28:
ROMANOW REPORT RELEASE


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