"I waited around 15 - 20 minutes before seeing the nurse and then the doctor." - MEI video report on the Swiss health care system

MONTREAL, Sept. 18, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - As a part of the Montreal Economic Institute's research program on the various health care systems offering universal coverage, its vice president Jasmin Guénette visited Switzerland to see how health care is delivered there. From the testimony of patients, doctors and administrators, we discover a health care system at the cutting edge of technology based on solidarity and freedom of choice in which waiting lists are not even a preoccupation.

To watch other excerpts or the complete report (duration: 3 min 50 s): http://www.iedm.org/40638-health-care-system-in-switzerland

"It is more and more obvious that the Canadian health care system is struggling to meet our needs, but we can make some changes. With this report, we wanted to show that there are other ways to care for people without leaving anyone high and dry. In Switzerland, private hospitals collaborate closely with public hospitals. The result is high quality care that is readily accessible for the whole population," says Mr. Guénette.

The Montreal Economic Institute is an independent, non-partisan, not-for-profit research and educational organization. Through its publications and conferences, the MEI stimulates debate on public policies in Quebec and across Canada by proposing wealth-creating reforms based on market mechanisms.

Video with caption: "A glimpse at the Swiss health care system". Video available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qy_IflWFV-Q

SOURCE: MONTREAL ECONOMIC INSTITUTE

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