U.S. senator says Canada’s small population makes public health possible, but experts disagree
How does Canada’s health-care system work?
“It’s not a question of how big the population is. In an insurance system, you need [a] broad enough sample of the population to spread the risk,” said Allan Maslove, a public policy professor at Carleton University who specializes in health-care funding. “In other words, you can only have people who are at high risk of using health-care services in the pool. The costs will just go out of control.
“You have to have healthy people in the pool to help pay the bills so it’s not a question of how big the population is. It’s a question of getting enough cross-section of the population,” he continued.