Healthcare infra is indeed broken and wait times stories are real. However, this is not unique to Canada as I have heard similar stories from my friends and family who live in country with similar public healthcare model (e.g. UK, Germany, Australia). If you search you will see various articles from past many years about how UK healthcare was almost bankrupt etc.So you're saying that the real estate is artificially kept at a higher value by not releasing land for construction, is that it?
If so, what is the construction work that is being done all the time?
regd. #5, i seem to remember reading a post from you about broken healthcare system in Vancouver, so you're saying that is not the case? Apologies if i'm confusing this with someone else's post.
On a lighter note, that 450sqft apartment must be just doors banging against either a wall or another door
But at the same time Canada has a better chance to fix their healthcare system compared to say UK or Germany simply because they have a better immigration system (on paper at least). But, the people higher up are insecure and these things are tightly controlled and someone who did medical degree in another country would have to jump through hoops and spend a lot of money to get recertified in Canada to practice as Doctor.
On one hand you can see logic behind it, we do not want doctors who used money to get admissions to sub standard institutes and almost bought their degrees to practice. But on the other hand we are wasting far too many medical professionals and making them work as Uber drivers (no offence meant, it is an honest work).
There has to be a middle path and a solution. Canada government can't expect someone to uproot their life and spend 18-24 months to get recertified after spending thousands of dollars and not making any money. One solution I can think is that they could have some sort of contractual agreements with doctors where their recertification exam fee is subsidized and they are paid some stipend while they do it and in return they need to work in an under served area for X amount of years. Number of years could vary based on subsidy provided. At least we can take care of lack of general physicians this way. Lack of specialist is a whole other issue.