Health Care

— Jun 10, 2021
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Understanding Universal Health Care Reform Options: Activity-Based Funding

Understanding Universal Health Care Reform Options: Activity-Based Funding is a new study that finds paying hospitals for each patient they treat, also known as activity-based funding, instead of allocating pre-defined annual budgets could improve the quantity and quality of health care services while reducing wait times for Canadians. Nearly every other developed country with a universal health-care system has moved towards activity-based funding in recent decades, whereas Canada is among the last to continue to use lump sum payments.

— May 26, 2021
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Global Storm: The Effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic and Responses Around the World

Global Storm: The Effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic and Responses around the World is a detailed statistical analysis of nearly 200 countries and their experiences with and responses to COVID-19. It found that Canada ranked poorly compared to other industrialized countries on testing and hospital beds, which were determined to be key in responding to COVID-19.

— May 13, 2021
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Timely Access to New Pharmaceuticals in Canada, the United States, and the European Union

Timely Access to New Pharmaceuticals in Canada, the United States, and the European Union is a new study that finds Canadian patients are waiting, on average, more than 450 days longer than Americans and Europeans to access new, potentially life-saving drugs. That’s because pharmaceutical companies are reluctant to launch new drugs in Canada because of a number of factors including the smaller market size, weaker intellectual property protections, and the federal government’s strict pricing policies.

— Apr 29, 2021
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Money Following Patients: A Better Way to Pay for Universally Accessible Hospital Care

Money Following Patients: A Better Way to Pay for Universally Accessible Hospital Care is a new study that compares Canada’s health care funding model to that of 28 other countries that provide universally accessible health care. Only five—Canada, Ireland, Iceland, Luxembourg and New Zealand—still largely fund hospitals with lump sum payments, while all of the other 23 countries with have adopted per-patient funding models, otherwise known as activity-based funding.

— Apr 13, 2021
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The Private Cost of Public Queues for Medically Necessary Care, 2021

The Private Cost of Public Queues for Medically Necessary Care, 2021 is a new study that finds long waits for surgery and medical treatment cost Canadians almost $2.8 billion in lost wages and productivity last year. Crucially, the total median wait time in Canada for medical treatment was 22.6 weeks in 2020 - the longest in the survey’s 30-year history.

— Mar 25, 2021
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Aging and Expenditures on Health Care

Aging and Expenditures on Health Care is a new study that finds Canadians over the age of 65, who are projected to make up 23.4 per cent of the population by 2040, will account for 71.4 per cent of total health care expenditures in that year. And in fact, health care spending is projected to grow by 88 per cent from 2019 to 2040 as a result of the growing number of Canadians aged 65 and older.

— Dec 10, 2020
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Waiting Your Turn: Wait Times for Health Care in Canada, 2020 Report

Waiting Your Turn: Wait Times for Health Care in Canada, 2020 is a new study that finds Canada’s health-care wait times reached 22.6 weeks in 2020—the longest ever recorded—and 143 per cent higher than the 9.3 weeks Canadians waited in 1993, when the Fraser Institute began tracking medical wait times. Before this year, the longest recorded wait time was 21.2 weeks in 2017. Atlantic Canada has the longest wait times in the country this year, and Ontario recorded the shortest wait time, which was still more than four months long.

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