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Access to the Canadian Health Care System
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Within Canada,accessibility takes on special meaning for geographers in general,health geographers in particular and most critically to all Canadians because of the fifth principle of the 1984 Canada Health Act
According to the CHA, all provinces and territories in Canada must abide by five principles in order to receive federal funds: universality; comprehensiveness; portability; public administration; and accessibility. The underlying sentiment of accessibility' in the CHA is to ensure access to medically necessary health care services for all Canadians regardless of ability to pay. In fact, the act states that to meet the requirements of accessibility, provincial health insurance plans "must provide for insured health services on uniform terms and conditions and on a basis that does not impede or preclude, either directly or indirectly whether by charges made to insured persons or otherwise, reasonable access to those services by insured persons." The single-payer system as it has functioned in Canada has reduced Canada's health care costs substantially below those of the United States. It has also produced much higher satisfaction levels among Canadians. The Canadian system is a mixed federal and provincial government system with the federal government laying down the basic requirements which govern the health plans offered by the provinces. ...
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