Romanow hears little from business about wellness — or anything else

By Mike Moralis
|CHRR, Guide to Healthy Workplace|Last Updated: 05/28/2002

The current debate about the future of medicare has turned into a forum on the different values and perspectives of public and private providers, obscuring questions such as whether it would be cost-effective for wellness to be covered by the public health insurance program.

Whatever is not covered by medicare will be shifted to supplementary employer plans, or employees will have to foot all or part of the bills themselves.

The submission by the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in November 2001 to the Commission on the Future of Medicare, headed by former Saskatchewan premier Roy Romanow, said that “a world class health care system matters to Canadian business,” but input to the commission to date doesn’t reflect that.