The fallout from President Donald Trump’s decision to rip up the health care law may be different in some states than in others, but in one place — Manitoba — this week’s decision seems like so yesterday.
Citizens here are bracing for a spike in the cost of medicine while experts say the province faces a crisis that’s decades in the making. So many problems, in fact, that the worst will happen with everything remaining the same for years to come.
“The way the health-care system has been developed is really one of broken-down systems,” says Steve Ashton, the province’s minister of health. “We don’t have an infrastructure in place to cope with an influx of patients.”
Worse yet, Manitoba is one of the few places in Canada that has managed to grow over the past four decades, thanks largely to expanding public health care. According to projections, this country’s seven health care systems could be in dire need of a midlife crisis by the end of the next decade.