Canada ranks the 8th highest in health care spending

In 2012, of 30 OECD [Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development] countries, Canada ranked the eighth highest at $4,602 per person – more than $1,000 above the OECD average of $3,590 according to a report from the Canadian Institute of Health Information [CIHI].

As usual, the United States was highest at $8,745, followed by Norway [$6,140], Switzerland [$6,080] and the Netherlands [$5,219]. The bottom three were Turkey [$984], Mexico [$1,048] and Estonia [$1,447].

In 2014, total health expenditure per capita in Newfoundland and Labrador is expected to reach $6,953, followed by Alberta at $6,783. The lowest per person expenditures are forecast for Quebec ($5,616) and British Columbia ($5,865).

In 2014, total health expenditure as a percentage of provincial GDP is expected to range from 8.0% in Alberta to 16.3% in Prince Edward Island.

CIHI’s health expenditure by province/territory and Canada2014 is available at:

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Canada’s government-run health care system – Medicare -- is a monopoly that prohibits private hospital and private physician care. Medicare is a subpar performer, ranking 10th among 11 advanced countries. Canadians deserve much better! Patients deserve timely access to quality care and choice of hospitals and physicians. Taxpayers deserve much more value for their tax dollars.

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