Archive for the health expenditure Category

Federal Government eyes taxing private health benefits

Nearly five decades ago [1969] ,the Federal Government created a public monopoly by effectively prohibiting private hospital and physician services. The result: [i] Canada’s health care system, i.e., Medicare, is a subpar performer; all countries superior to Canada have patient choice for private hospital and physician services

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Where would Medicare be without private funding and the generosity of Albertans?

STARS, Alberta’s lauded air ambulance and emergency medical transport service, is currently in its annual fund-raising campaign. Its 2017 lottery offers more than $4.9 million in prizes, with a goal of raising $11 million. That’s about one-third of STARS’ annual budget of $30 million. On a  regular

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Interest payments on government debt siphon $$$ away from health care

A new study again calls into question the sustainability of Canada’s health care system as interest payments on government debt siphon money away from programs and services important for the health of the country, not only Medicare itself but also other elements such as social services and

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Huge health care costs

Letter to the editor, Edmonton Sun, published October 19, 2016 HUGE HEALTH COSTS Tom Parkin (October 16) asserts medicare is sustainable. No, it’s not — unless the federal and provincial governments in their current negotiations on health care spending deal with the realities of the medicare monopoly

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Medicare isn’t free. Costs average family of four $11,735 + costs of waiting for care

Medicare isn’t free, the Fraser Institute reminds us in its 2015 annual report. “In 2015, the average Canadian family of four with earnings of $119,082 paid the equivalent of $11,735 in taxes for public health care insurance.” In addition, Canadians “incurred $1.2 billion in lost income and productivity due

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To spend, spend, spend. Or not to spend. That is the question.

  Only 48 hours before a new Fraser Institute study found provincial health care systems to be unsustainable, the union-backed Ontario Health Coalition conducted an unofficial province-wide referendum as a novel way to oppose budget cuts to hospitals. The coalition’s Stop Hospital Cuts Now Referendum asked Ontario residents

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Health care spending is not sustainable: report

  Health care spending could consume almost 50 per cent of provincial budgets by 2030, according to a Fraser Institute study released May 31, 2016. This will trigger higher taxes, larger deficits, and/or reduced spending on other public programs such as education and social services. http://bit.ly/1sYr6e2 The study, The Sustainability

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How many USA doctors really want Canadian Medicare?

In defending Canada’s Medicare monopoly, its advocates do not like to talk about patient care — wait lists, wait times, rationing, lack of patient choice, sustainability of the system, Medicare’s dismal performance compared with other major industrialized countries, and, in some instances, patients’ failure to receive care.

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Kermit the Frog & the Medicare Monopoly

Kermit the Frog reminded us, “It’s not easy being green.” Likewise, it’s not easy being a patient in Canada’s health care monopoly. And, it’s not easy being a Canadian minister of health. But “it’s not easy” is no excuse when: • The Medicare monopoly fails to deliver

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Saskatchewan Surgical Initiative uses private clinics to reduce wait times

Saskatchewan has gone from having the longest wait times for medically necessary surgeries to the shortest in Canada  finds a new study by Professor Janice MacKinnon, former Saskatchewan Finance Minister (1993 – 1997) and published April 26, 2016, by the Fraser Institute. http://bit.ly/24hqZHq Success of the Saskatchewan Surgical

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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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