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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:

  1. Analyze how provinces are currently interpreting the principle of comprehensiveness, with a focus on how they are determining what services they will pay for,
  2. determine from the literature how comprehensiveness and medical necessity are dealt with, and
  3. based on the analysis, highlight the major policy issues and suggest possible options for dealing with comprehensiveness within canada's universal medicare system.


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