What Canada could learn from Australia’s health system

by Stephen Duckett

Published in the University of Ottawa Press, April 28 2020

As the Canadians consider revamping their health system, they could take important lessons from the complicated interplay between the public and private sectors in the Australian system.

In this chapter from Is two-tier health care the future?, a new book on the past, present, and future of Canadian Medicare, Grattan Institute’s Health Program Director Stephen Duckett and co-author Fiona McDonald warn that an extensive private system does not necessarily mean shorter waiting times for patients overall, and that Australia’s significant subsidy of private health insurance raises questions about sustainability.