University of British Columbia professor Bob Evans wasn't surprised when he learned many of the conversation on health's findings are similar to those of the 1991 British Columbia Royal Commission on Health Care and Costs. And now David Sinclair, another former member of that commission, is expressing a similar view.
Asked about the those similarities, Mr. Sinclair (who hadn't yet read the conversation's summary of input) said "I think the issues of healthcare are pretty clear. And there's probably a much broader consensus then is apparent from time to time in terms of opinions and comments by individuals." And that consensus - which is reflected by the work of the commission and the conversation on health - "makes a heck of a lot of common sense. But there's a lot of institutional hurdles to overcome." Specifically, he said the government needs to move "the bureaucracy to - in a sense - be more entrepreneurial. It's the greatest challenge. And, basically, I think that our healthcare system is far, far better than we give it credit for. And that's a function of the people."