Although Medicare remains a very popular program to which most Canadians remain, at least publicly, committed, it has become under increasing strain. The comprehensiveness condition, in particular, may need re-examination.
the goals of this study were to:
- Analyze how provinces are currently interpreting the principle of comprehensiveness, with a focus on how they are determining what services they will pay for,
- determine from the literature how comprehensiveness and medical necessity are dealt with, and
- based on the analysis, highlight the major policy issues and suggest possible options for dealing with comprehensiveness within canada's universal medicare system.