That actually doesn't speak to Canadians wanting a less 'statist' solution. From your link:
Canadians’ views about the health care system have grown
more positive in the past decade. Today, 42% agree that
“on the whole, the system works pretty well and only minor
changes are needed,” double the 22% who felt this way
Canadians that do want changes don't generally want to change a way from a less universal system - they simply want it to work better.
Wow, 58% of people don't feel that "on the whole, the system works pretty well and only minor changes are needed" and somehow you are trying to spin that into a positive.
I never said anything about "universal." You were talking about the "single payer system." It's you that is speaking to one thing and one thing only.
It's not statist to provide universal coverage (not care) in a democratic country. In fact, with Health, Ottawa is only paying (some of) the bill. With the military they actually own the entire system of delivery. The second is a more statist circumstance.
You don't know what statism means, obviously. "A political system in which the state has substantial centralized control
over social and economic
Unless the military is being used to influence (enforce) social and economic policies, it really has nothing to do with whether or not the country is "statist." What makes a country "statist" is, as the definition points out, whether the state is exercising control over social and economic affairs. With the Crown centralizing control of healthcare at the federal level (both social from a social services perspective and economic from a taxation perspective), this healthcare system is almost a walking talking definition of a statist policy. We can debate the merits of it, but you really can't argue that 2 + 2 = 5 when it in fact, happens to equal 4. The Canada Health Act, and Canada's healthcare system in general, is statist.
The provincial governments have given up some of their constitutional responsibility for health in exchange for a piece of federal taxation power.
No, they didn't. They had that decision made on their behalf by the federal government through the Canada Health Act. Stop trying to make this sound like it was voluntary and everybody agreed, or that it was some big favour the federal government did to the provinces. This was a loophole Trudeau Sr found in order to further their belief in a heavily centralized way of governing, exactly opposite of what the provinces had in mind when they signed into Confederation.
There are plenty of people who favour a two-tier healthcare system. Alberta would have one already if it wouldn't be taken out at the knees by the Canada Health Act. They probably favour it because they've seen that every single OECD healthcare system that ranks above Canada's has a mixture of private and public healthcare.