If provincial finance ministers are convinced they require more funding for health care, they have the ability to raise that revenue themselves.
canada health act
Aspects of the Canada Health Act discourage provinces from emulating policies found in Australia, the United Kingdom, France and Germany.
Province contracted-out select day surgeries to private clinics, expanding total surgical capacity in a short period of time.
Years of adhering to the status-quo and simply pumping money into the system has done little to address the fundamental problems with Canada's health-care system.
Professor Colleen Flood’s recent column in Globe Debate (Canada should look to Europe on health care, not the U.S) got the title right – but just about everything else wrong. Canadians would indeed benefit from a look at Europe for lessons on healthcare reform. What they should not do is fall for Ms. Flood’s erroneous jumbling of statistics that muddle reality and results in false conclusions.
With rumoured spending cuts in the upcoming federal budget, look for the Conservatives to play up one area of spending theyve committed to increasing: health care transfers to the provinces. Last December, Finance Minister Jim Flaherty announced a new 10-year plan for health care transfers that will see transfers increase by six per cent for the next five years and thereafter by the rate of economic growth until 2024.