health care costs
Five provinces including Ontario will see health spending grow close to or exceed 50 per cent of program spending.
Long wait times costs Canadians time and money.
The Fraser Institute’s most recent wait times report finds that wait times (GP to treatment) have almost doubled since 1993.
Federal regulations discourage provinces from emulating other countries that deliver universal health care without long wait times.
It’s likely no coincidence that countries with cost-sharing programs in place have waiting times that are significantly shorter than those in Canada.
Get ready for Medicares annual summer slowdown, where the forecast calls for possibly poorer than usual service levels.
Every year, provincial health care systems across Canada dutifully reduce the volume of services they provide in preparation for the summer vacation season. This planned-for reduction has the inevitable effect of lengthening waiting times for Canadians over the summer months (and during Christmas holidays). The added twist this year is the slowdowns might be extended in a bid to reduce expenditures.