Canada's universal health-care system is among the best and lowest cost of all industrialized countries. A 2009 Harris/Decima poll found 82 per cent of Canadians preferred their health-care system to the one in the U.S. Lower medical insurance premiums are a major reason for this distinct Canadian advantage.
The Manitoba government strongly supports the practice of prevention of illness as being more physically beneficial and more cost-effective than long-term medical care. That’s why health-care providers in Manitoba direct much of their attention to proactive measures that promote good health. However, when medical care is required, the No. 1 task for Manitoba Health is to ensure that the most up to date medical services are available when and where needed.