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Second in a series of short videos on some of the myths we hear too often on the public health care system. (2/4)

Myth: Privatization will lower costs.

Facts: A public system is more cost-effective. Private clinics carry with them higher administrative costs. They also take profit for themselves. Moreover, the quality of care is lower in a private system. The total costs of health care in Canada will actually raise with privatization.

This video explores these questions with a panel of experts: Bob Woollard, Bob Evans, Damien Contandriopoulos and Natalie Mehra. Moderated by Erica Johnson, from the CBC. This panel of experts debunks some of the myths surrounding the “crisis” of the Canadian public health care system and the need for further privatization.

Produced by the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), 2011. Excerpts from CUPE’s National Health Care Sector Meeting held in Victoria, British Columbia, in the Fall of 2010.