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A Patients’ Bill of Rights: A Cure for Canadians’ Concerns About Medicare?

Research Report by Colleen Flood, Tracey Epps

This article by Colleen Flood and Tracey Epps explores the prospect of a patient’s “bill of rights” as a means of addressing some of the issues and concerns associated with health care in Canada, and also as a potential means of surpassing the limitations of current appeal procedures. The paper distinguishes between rights to health care and rights in health care, arguing that a bill of rights would need to address both – not only the latter, as has been the case historically. The authors point to the case of New Zealand which has a well-functioning bill of rights in health care that could potentially serve as a partial model for Canada. Further, they argue for the creation of a health care ombudsman that would be “charged with the task of investigating complaints in relation to access and timeliness (not only) in publicly funded medicare, but also access to privately financed services.”

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Policy Publication Details

Author(s): Colleen Flood; Tracey Epps;
Publisher: Institute for Research on Public Policy [ Visit Website ]
Year Published: 2002; Publisher Type: Research Institute
Publicly Available: Yes Research Focus: International; National;
Registration Required: No Language: English
Payment Required: No Publication Format: Adobe PDF

Subjects / Categories:

Policy Articles / Health Care / Reform
Policy Articles / Health Care / Charter & Health Care
Policy Articles / Health Care / Accountability
Policy Articles / Health Care
Policy Articles / Health Care / Accountability / 2002
Policy Articles / Health Care / Charter & Health Care / 2002
Policy Articles / Health Care / Reform / 2002


Keywords / Tags:

bill of rights; patients; appeal; procedures; New Zealand; ombudsman; investigation; timeliness; funding; historic; charter; right; lawsuit;