private health care
In Australia, Italy and the United Kingdom, private insurance allows patients a wider choice of providers and faster access to health care.
Even the U.K. has a robust parallel private system, often used as an alternative to the ailing National Health Service.
In 2016, patients in Canada could expect to wait 20 weeks between GP referral and treatment.
One irony of Canadian life is that the most economically free province in the country, Alberta, often has government policy that is the most hostile to private health care. Another irony, this time right across Canada, is that one can spend any amount of money on a basic necessity of life such as food. But when Canadians want to use their own money to purchase medical treatment to improve, prolong, or even save that same life, they are legally prevented from doing so.