The Canadian health care system. An analytical perspective

Health Care Anal. 1999;7(4):377-91. doi: 10.1023/A:1009408008379.


The Canadian health care system is a publicly funded system based on the philosophy that health is a right, not a commodity. The implementation of this perspective is hampered by the fact that the Canadian Constitution makes health care a matter of provincial jurisdiction, while most taxing powers lie in the hands of the federal government. Further problems arise because of Canada's geographic nature and a move to regionalization of provincial health care administration. The issue is compounded by recent developments in reproductive technologies, aboriginal health, changes in consent law, etc.

MeSH terms

  • Canada
  • Ethics
  • Financing, Government
  • Health Care Rationing
  • Health Policy
  • Health Services Accessibility
  • Humans
  • Indians, North American
  • National Health Programs / economics
  • National Health Programs / legislation & jurisprudence
  • National Health Programs / organization & administration*
  • Public Opinion
  • Social Justice
  • Universal Health Insurance
  • Waiting Lists