Welcome to Canada! – also known to our American neighbours to the south as “Commie Pinko Land of Socialized Medicine”.
My 0wn province of British Columbia here on Canada’s gorgeous west coast has what I – and many others far above my pay grade – consider to be a world-class universal health care system. Over 80% of us, in fact, consistently rate this health care as “excellent” or “very good“.
Still, as a career PR person, I usually approach awareness communications like this video with a certain skeptical disdain. To my surprise, I found it made a lot of sense to me.
As a heart attack survivor with ongoing cardiac issues who’s become a frequent flyer of this health care system, I have some of the same kinds of concerns expressed about growing demands on our system, as well as big gaps I’ve encountered that need to be filled.
Understanding how our health care system works gives us all a better perspective on the innovation that’s happening already – and also helps to inform what really needs to change in four key areas:
- keeping us healthy
- improving the care we get in our community
- improving our hospitals
- making things like lab tests, pharmaceutical care and ambulance services more efficient