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Private Health Insurance


Private Health Insurance. Canada's restrictions on the role of private health insurance for publicly insured physician and hospital services are unique among countries with universal, publicly funded health care systems. Some argue for a relaxation of these restriction in order to reduce pressures on the public system and increase efficiency through greater competition. "Parallel Private Health Insurance in Australia: A Cautionary Tale and Lessons for Canada" explores the experience of the Australian system of parallel finance for inpatient hospital services. By Jeremiah Hurley, Rhema Vaithianathan, Thomas F. Crossley, and Deborah Cobb-Clark.


By Centre for Economic Policy Research, Australia, Canada.

Health Policy Resource.