Health Speaker Jeffrey Simpson: Medicare Isn't As Good As We Think
He says that despite the fact that we are told we have the best system in the world, "there isn't a scintilla of evidence internationally to support that proposition." The country is ranking middle-of-the-road at best, he explains, and something needs to be done to change that. He doesn't recommend switching our system for that of the United States however, based on the fact that the U.S. spends almost double on health care as Canada—without seeing a proportionate improvement in results (something that Shannon Brownlee speaks to regularly). "We have a clear value problem here," he says of the problems with Medicare, and the country needs to accept that it isn't working the way it should and needs to be fixed.
Simpson is one of the nation's foremost political commentators, and is the The Globe and Mail's National Affairs columnist. He frequently writes about domestic and international issues, most recently, with a strong focus on health care. He is able to combine vast quantities of information into a coherent and compelling case, and his talks inform audiences of the challenges facing Canada's health care system, as well as the solutions to turn things around.