Fraser Forum - February 2010: The Rising Cost of Canadian Health Care

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In this issue:

How to beat Africa’s health crisis
by Philip Stevens
The current state-centric model of delivering health care in Africa is not working. It’s time to examine other options.

Key Concepts: Creative destruction
by Nick Schulz
Capitalism is inherently creative and destructive: it creates new ways of doing things and in the process destroys the old ways.

Health care at a crossroads
by Mark Rovere and Brett J. Skinner
Under its current structure, Ontario’s health care system is financially unsustainable.

The benefits of congestion pricing
by Charles Lammam
Congestion pricing is one way to allocate scarce road space more efficiently and reduce the costs of congestion.

The times are a-changin’
by Charles Lammam
Alberta, traditionally considered to have the best investment climate in Canada, is losing ground to Saskatchewan and British Columbia.

Scrap the Parliamentary Budget Office
by Niels Veldhuis and Charles Lammam
The government should stop funding an institution that duplicates work already being done by the private sector.

Check the numbers
by B. D. McCullough and Ross McKitrick with Diane Katz
An excerpt from a recent Fraser Institute report, which underscores the need for transparency and accountability in academic research.

How much do we really pay?
by Nadeem Esmail and Milagros Palacios
In 2009, the average Canadian family consisting of two adults and two children paid about $9,100 for public health care insurance.

Spend more, wait less?
by Bacchus Barua and Nadeem Esmail
Statistical analysis suggests that increases in health care spending appear to have no effect on wait times for treatment and may even increase wait times.

Leaving Canada for medical care
by Nadeem Esmail
In 2009, just over 41,000 Canadians received non-emergency medical treatment outside Canada, a notable increase over 2008.

Unnatural regulation
by Cynthia Ramsay
The Natural Health Products Regulations were put in place five years ago, but the government has yet to provide any evidence that the regulations have improved Canadians’ access to safe, effective, and high-quality natural health products.

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