health care spending
Canada has toppled 151 countries in the wellness war, according to a new index.
Birth is the most common reason that Canadian women are hospitalized each year.
At the heart of Canada's prescription drug affordability crisis are the long approval processes and prospective reimbursement lists. Improving customer choice by allowing earlier access to new pharmaceuticals would be a silver bullet to reducing drug costs per treatment.
There was a good reason why Klein and his finance minister Jim Dinning acted when they did. Interest payments on provincial debt were consuming more and more tax dollars, diverting money away from the very programs Klein's critics claimed to value.
The move to per capita transfers means that health care transfers will not be based on need, but on population alone. We know there are a number of provinces with smaller populations and many with a disproportionately large number of seniors -- it will cost those provinces more in order to deliver the care they need, when they need it.
Canada's health expenditures as a share of the economy are, after accounting for our younger population, higher compared to every other developed nation with universal health insurance. Yet Canadians endure some of the longest delays for emergency care, primary care, specialist consultations, and elective surgery in the developed world.
Amid the attention given to the entertainment celebrities operating as outsiders, there is a need also to see how a different type of celebrity from the world of business -- Bill Gates -- is acting as an insider in the campaign of change with respect to financial institutions at the hub of global governance.
The Canadian population has been aging for the past 40 years, which means other costs drive the increase in health care spending -- those are the main culprits.