Hardly a week goes by without this thorny issue being disputed between federal and provincial governments - even now that the budget has been tabled. The simple solution is that health costs should be shared, 50-50. But this solution is far from simple and very misleading.
Let's face it: most people don't want a heart transplant or a hip replaced just because they're free. So what do user fees really discourage? They discourage the frugal and the poor from getting the care they really need.