Soaring Costs Force Canada to Reassess Healthcare Model

CanadaClaire Sibonney writes in Reuters via Yahoo News:

Pressured by an aging population and the need to rein in budget deficits, Canada’s provinces are taking tough measures to curb healthcare costs, a trend that could erode the principles of the popular state-funded system.

Ontario, Canada’s most populous province, kicked off a fierce battle with drug companies and pharmacies when it said earlier this year it would halve generic drug prices and eliminate “incentive fees” to generic drug manufacturers.

British Columbia is replacing block grants to hospitals with fee-for-procedure payments and Quebec has a new flat health tax and a proposal for payments on each medical visit — an idea that critics say is an illegal user fee.

And a few provinces are also experimenting with private funding for procedures such as hip, knee and cataract surgery. It’s likely just a start as the provinces, responsible for delivering healthcare, cope with the demands of a retiring baby-boom generation.

Read More: Reuters via Yahoo News

5 Comments on "Soaring Costs Force Canada to Reassess Healthcare Model"

  1. Cerebralcaustic | Jun 2, 2010 at 7:39 am |

    If you think health care is expensive now, wait until you see what it costs when it's free.

    P.J. O'Rourke, The Liberty Manifesto (1993)

  2. baby booms were lazy and spoiled from the start. They have ruin the world with their excesses and lazy way of life. Good riddance and stop taking so many drugs trying to stay alive. Have some spirituality and go in peace.

  3. Word Eater | Jun 2, 2010 at 10:20 pm |

    In theory, I believe that every person deserves access to affordable or free basic health care.

    In practice, that's damn hard to accomplish without overtaxing a portion of the population and stifling innovation in pharmacology.

  4. In practice Canadians pay 30% less for healthcare to service 25% more of the population. Unaffordable is a relative term. If Canadians spent as much per capita as Americans for healthcare, Canadians would have a far superior system. 33% of every dollar spent on healthcare goes to “administration” with good old private sector healthcare, while the evil socialist Canadian health care has only 2-3% administration overhead. How's that for irony!

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