And yet, the crux of the problem is here:
Dr. Ruth Collins-Nakai, president of the Canadian Medical Association, stresses that doctors will always provide care in emergency situations.
So what happens? Like America's system, people are discouraged from seeking health case until it become an emergency, thus costing the system far more than if they would have sought preventative/earlier care. In this case, the people who won't seek early care (or are denied early care) are the most likely to experience serious problems!
It's all well and good to say people should take care of themselves, but when you're developing a system of care, it's not just about morality: it's about doing what's most cost-effective. Anything that discourages care in the early stages of a problem, when treating it is cheapest, is a mistake (including HSAs, insurance with high copays for office visits, etc).