Canadians must wait 41.7 weeks (on average) to receive medically necessary elective orthopaedic surgery.
costs of health care
“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.
As part of their struggle with budget realities and the growing cost of health care, Canadas 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 Canadas 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 theres no such thing as a free lunch.