The cost of health care has increased by 210.3 per cent while incomes have only risen 116.3 per cent.
universal health care
There's a clear imbalance between health-care spending and performance in Canada.
In most universal health-care systems, patients share the cost of care through deductibles, co-insurance and co-payments.
The vast majority of universal health-care systems worldwide employ some form of cost-sharing.
According to the province’s official figures, at least 88,300 patients continue to languish on surgical wait lists.
Canada ranked last on timely access to specialty and surgical care.
Canada only had 2.0 acute care beds per 1,000 population, ranking 25th out of the 26 countries.
Albertans waited 32.1 weeks for medically necessary treatment—6.5 weeks longer than the Canadian average.
Cost-sharing payments for health care incentivize patients to make better choices.