CANZUK: A cure for our healthcare challenges?

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  • Priyank Tyagi says:

    Hi Rohan, thank you for that great question. It definitely feels fishy to find something too good to be true. The next thought perpetually is that what is the catch?
    Frankly, the idea of CANZUK is successful only because it tries to address the issues or challenges that unification would bring. It is simply expanding the scope of cooperation and formulating a platform that fosters the free exchange of ideas, innovations, and people. It the first step after which we all can evaluate this partnership as individuals and as a group to foresee what the future holds.

  • Priyank Tyagi says:

    Thank you, Ed, for sharing your experience from all these lands we want should come together. There is immense opportunity in unifying economically and movement-wise. If we share our learning and ideas, we firmly feel there is no stopping us.

  • Priyank Tyagi says:

    Thanks, Liz. We truly feel this idea holds many potentials and allows each nation to stand out while always finding support from the other three.

  • Priyank Tyagi says:

    Hi Russell,
    Thank you for your thoughts. I feel that the courageous leaders are far and few. Also, I feel that there would be few takers for the outright or deep unification. We are and should most likely walk on a path of gradual assimilation of resources and reduce barriers for people to explore these “homes away from home.”

  • Priyank Tyagi says:

    Indeed, that is what the end-goal would look like. The idea is to solve pressing issues with collaborative action.

  • rohan desai says:

    All positive outcomes of this CANZUK alliance have been discussed and it’s very impressive but I would also like to know the flip side of the situation. I mean what are the negative outcomes of the alliance and if there are only positives, why this has not been implemented yet?
    Waiting for you reply

  • Elizabeth Rankin says:

    Your article bears consideration and offers options beyond depending on the U.S.

  • ed bernacki says:

    I lived in NZ, Au and Canada while specializing in organizational innovation. This is an interesting idea. On returning to Canada after 25 years, I realized ‘we’ are fixated on the USA in most aspects of life. In that relationship, we are the little brother (or sister). This means Canadians do not think of countries like NZ or AU as innovators in many fields. While health care is different in each country is similar (AU and NZ try to manage public and private systems), the use of non-medical interventions in NZ and AU to stop Covid was world class. Ontario clearly did not learn enough about their tactics to stop Covid. There is a bigger issue here as well. NZ saw that Covid was not just a medical challenge, it was a behavioural change challenge. NZ Police stepped up to use its social media expertise to create a communication channel unlike anything in Canada. Imagine if Canada hired Schitts Creek to create 20 videos over several months on wearing masks, distancing, shopping, etc. NZ used comedy actors to do this. In terms of the UK, you would like find that many AU and NZ nurses already work there on a Commonwealth arrangement for people in their twenties. One of the nurses that helped the UK Prime Minister with Covid was Australian. From a business perspective, NZ and AU could also teach Canada a great deal about agricultural innovation, design and style.

  • Russell Johnson says:

    I hope this one day becomes a reality and not just a pipe-dream. I have a Canadian mother and a British father so I am somewhat biased. I would go further than just free trade and movement agreement, I would ultimately like to see total unification. Possibly that could and should spread to all like minded countries, with freedom of movement at its core. Crazy! Once there where no countries or passports and we lived in caves or mud huts. We all breath the same air and live on the same planet, so why do we put up these barriers and guard our boarders? Fear! Yes, I know all the political reasons, but it would take a truly brave person with foresight to advocate this type of change, but just imagine the kind of future our children might have. The chance of confrontation reduces, the more we integrate, because we become more tolerant with each other and have more in common. Imagine a time when we where truly free to travel and live where we wanted to.

  • Yasin Miar says:

    This means to have all healthcare workers an ability to move among the four countries and be able to work just with a job offer. No pre-requisite of LMIA for work permit and more. This is incredible as the health standards are comparable in CANZUK region.


Anna Wu


Anna Wu is an MHA candidate at the Telfer School of Management at the University of Ottawa.

Priyank Tyagi


Priyank Tyagi is a physician executive and pursuing a Telfer MHA degree at the University of Ottawa.

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