Paying More, Getting Less Measuring the Sustainability of Government Health Spending in Canada: 2008 Report

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This is the Fraser Institute's fifth annual report on the financial sustainability of health spending by provincial governments in Canada. The report uses a moving 10-year trend analysis to measure sustainability. The report also examines the long-term practicability of attempts by provincial governments to deal with the unsustainable growth in health spending through increased tax burdens and centrally planned rationing. The analysis partially exposes the degree to which Canadians are paying more for government health insurance and getting less in return.

The data and analysis in this report indicate that public health insurance, as it is currently structured in Canada, produces rates of growth in government health care spending that are not financially sustainable through public means alone. This financial crisis is occurring while governments are restricting and reducing the range of benefits covered under publicly funded health insurance. As an alternative to the current approach to health policy, we recommend that governments take a number of actions to ensure that Canadians will not continue paying more and getting less.

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