Pols 403 Self-test Quiz: Midterm Exam Better Medicine Text

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Pols 403 Self-test Quiz: Midterm Exam Better Medicine Text

This multiple choice self-test quiz has questions from the Better Medicine text readings, up to the midterm exam.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    “Provincial governments continue to appoint commissions to study the symptoms of Medicare’s decline, but no one dares to study the root causes of the disabled system.” The problem, according to Coffey is:
    • A. 

      Adopting European experiments that don’t work in Canada

    • B. 

      Allowing privatization in Medicare to grow by stealth

    • C. 

      Provincial opposition to Medicare from Quebec meant national support was never forthcoming

    • D. 

      The prohibition of private health insurance and private medical and hospital services

    • E. 

      None of the above

  • 2. 
    Wente’s article, “On the Front Lines”
    • A. 

      Provides a statistics-based review of problems related to public health care

    • B. 

      Suggests that insufficient government oversight in health care delivery means poor results

    • C. 

      Provides a journalistic, anecdotal overview of some problems related to the delivery and planning of public health care

    • D. 

      Implies that little, quick fixes could get Canada’s Medicare system back on track

    • E. 

      None of the above

  • 3. 
    “There was effectively no recognizable form of health insurance in the 19th century but during the Great Depression of the 1930s someone had to bear the cost of providing health care services to very large numbers of indigent Canadians.” Bliss is describing:
    • A. 

      The shift from pluralism to technocracy

    • B. 

      The shift from corporatism to pluralism

    • C. 

      The shift from reform liberalism to classical liberalism

    • D. 

      The shift from classical liberalism to reform liberalism

    • E. 

      The first and fourth answers only

  • 4. 
    McMahon and Zelder feel that MSAs would:
    • A. 

      Increase choice

    • B. 

      Reduce health spending

    • C. 

      Introduce free market principles to public health care

    • D. 

      All of the above

    • E. 

      The first and second answers only

  • 5. 
    “Provincial governments continue to appoint commissions to study the symptoms of Medicare’s decline, but no one dares to study the root causes of the disabled system.” The problem, according to Coffey is:
    • A. 

      Gradual privatization in Canada’s health care system

    • B. 

      Unaccountable regionalization health boards

    • C. 

      The Canada Health principle of publicly administered

    • D. 

      The Canada Health principle of universality

    • E. 

      Canada’s complicated taxation system stymies innovation

  • 6. 
    Dr. Orovan notes increased health spending, the high cost of medical technology and long waiting times, and reasons that:
    • A. 

      The principles of the Canada Health Act should be revisited

    • B. 

      The federal government should renew its commitment to being Medicare’s chief defender

    • C. 

      Canada should adopt the U.S. health care system

    • D. 

      The method of paying doctors is deeply flawed

    • E. 

      None of the above

  • 7. 
    When Michael Bliss talks about how the prevailing attitude in Canada in its early days was that it did not need “old-world” policies, by this he is likely meaning:
    • A. 

      That “old-world” means reform liberalism, since the rugged individualistic, classical liberal view was largely dominant in Canada at the time

    • B. 

      That “old-world” means classical liberalism, since Canada has always been known for being a country of caring and compassion

    • C. 

      That “old-world” means Marxism, since at the time, many European states were becoming communist

    • D. 

      That “old-world” means technocracy, since at the time, many European states developed social policies in cooperation with expert stakeholders