It's time to define Canadian health care Published Monday September 21st, 2009

Jo-Ann Fellows is a writer living in Fredericton. Her columns on seniors' concerns and on public policy issues appear twice a month on Mondays.

Accessing health care requires a series of decisions to be taken. The patient decides whether or not to see a doctor, or go to a clinic or to the Emergency Room. Health care workers then decide if, and how, to treat you. Do you need tests, referral to a specialist, hospitalization? Every treatment also involves making decisions. It's a big, complicated and expensive system that we have now.