time from truly sick patients, making them pay the uninsured rate. I don't know how a doctor can be expected diagnose and treat without ruling out suspected causes. This means that not all tests will come back positive. Sounds like a dumb idea to have the government dictate what physicians can do. Unless the doctor has an in-house screening laboratory, they don't make a dime on laboratory testing. Kickbacks are not legal.
In the Province of Ontario, the "Liberal" government has passed legislation whereby tests which yield normal results are charged to the Doctor who ordered them.
So, how do you assess a patient who has a problem which may have one of several causes. Do you write him up for the 3 or 4 tests whether blood or X-Ray, or MRI which would identify the problem, knowing that all but one of them will be charged back to you as the Doctor?
This is a result of the Federal Government under Ronnie Raygun's good friend Brian Mulroney backing out of its legislated part of the original Health Care Legislation in the early 1960's. Originally it was 50-50 Federal Provincial. Now it is all Provincial, with no Federal money at all.
Canada's Health Care System costs between 66% and 75% of that in the US before Obamacare came into effect, longevity here is longer, infant mortality is lower, and litigation is very low. Generally health in Canada is comparable with that in all the countries which offer a centrally administered single payer system, viz. Europe and Japan.
Oh, and 100% of Canadian residents are covered, which was not true of the old or the new US Health Care systems.
Personally I would like to see all taxes on cigarettes and alcohol funnelled (sic) into Health Care, the way gasoline taxes are used here for road and Highway maintenance.