costs of health care

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Canadians must wait 41.7 weeks (on average) to receive medically necessary elective orthopaedic surgery.


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Canadian patients may be denied new innovative drugs and other health technologies emerging for the treatment of chronic diseases such as cancer.

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“Don’t touch my free health care,” is a common refrain from defenders of the status quo whenever anyone broaches the topic of reforming Canada’s health-care system.


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In most places, if you spend more, you receive more in goods or services. The glaring exception is Canada's government-run health care system.

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As part of their struggle with budget realities and the growing cost of health care, Canada’s provinces continue to work on bulk purchasing agreements for pharmaceuticals as a way to save money. Unfortunately, the recent release from the Council of the Federation (the council of Canada’s premiers) suffers from the typical one-sided approach that characterizes much of the drug policy discussion. Yes, there are up front savings to be had. But there’s no such thing as a free lunch.