Last year, Canadians could expect to wait 25.6 weeks from referral by a family physician to elective surgical care.
If the provinces increased provincial spending, they’d either have to raise taxes or run larger budget deficits.
At the provincial level, an aging population is putting upward pressure on health-care spending.
The vast majority of universal health-care systems worldwide employ some form of cost-sharing.
Canada ranked last on timely access to specialty and surgical care.
The proportion of Albertans age 65 and over will reach 18.8 per cent by 2040.
Canadians aged 65 or older will comprise nearly 24 per cent of the population by 2040.
Our aging population will put significant pressure on health-care expenditures.