Health policies must change in order to advance health care

The provision of medical facilities is on the brink of innovative technologies. Large firms, such as Apple and Amazon, are investing a great deal towards aiding in strengthening the connection of patients with their doctors. Meanwhile, pharmaceutical firms are generating personalized treatments for diseases that have been, to this day, incurable. Children with physical disabilities are acquiring 3-D printed prosthetics with their favorite superhero themes.

It is true how many people are still not open to idea of neuroscientists at Neuralink, a new AI firm established by Elon Musk, inserting a chip into their heads. However, a recent survey conducted by Ipsos has showed a majority of Canadians are willing to accept the innovations which include data portals so as to view their medical data, virtual medical appointments, the employment of AI to diagnose diseases and assist during operations, and health monitoring accessories. As a matter of fact, introduction of novel technology in health care is viewed by most Canadians (who took part in the survey) as the finest improvement which can be made to the health care system.

However, it is important to ask if the government will permit Canadians to take advantage of these newest innovations. If yes, then to what extent?

Even though the people of Canada may appear to be ready to accept the new health care related technologies, there are matters of concern whether the current rules followed by the Canadian health care system will slow down, if not diminish, the entrance and acceptance of the newest health care technologies.

The most significant limitation is, probably, the ban on paying privately for primary health care facilities.

The Canadian Health Act, Sections 18 to 21 to be exact, bans client payments and additional billing for health care facilities which are medically essential.