health care spending
High level of spending has not yielded high value in return—Canada has some of the longest wait times for treatment in the developed world.
Five provinces including Ontario will see health spending grow close to or exceed 50 per cent of program spending.
Federal regulations discourage provinces from emulating other countries that deliver universal health care without long wait times.
American presidential candidates who want to emulate elements of the Canadian model invite significant negative unintended consequences.
In Canada, the decline in house calls has taken place despite evidence that an increase in house calls would increase quality of care and decrease costs.
Alberta Premier Jim Prentice and Finance Minister Robin Campbell have made it clear the province will reduce government spending in its March budget.