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Restoring the purpose of the Canada Health Transfer
The new Parliamentary Budget Officer, Jean-Denis Frechette recently announced that Ottawa’s reform of the Canada Health Transfer (CHT) and spending cuts make federal finances sustainable for the long-term — but possibly at the expense of the provinces. Capping the CHT to the rate of economic growth, it appears, will make provincial finances less sustainable.
Trouble ahead for health costs: Doctors working less, making more
Physicians are the second largest component of provincial government health spending in Canada, averaging about 20 percent of overall healthcare budgets – and constituting one of the fastest growing public health sector costs of recent years.
Why New Brunswick has to rethink pharmacare
New Brunswick is the only province that does not ensure that all citizens are insured, at a minimum, against catastrophic prescription drug costs. For this, the government has received a considerable amount of flack.
Moving Ontario hospitals into the 21st Century
When it comes to the way we fund our hospitals, Ontario is only now moving beyond the 8-track era. The government is modifying its outdated payment systems to try and change the same old tune that has played for decades: long wait lists, bed blockers and cancelled surgeries.