Health Care

— Apr 20, 2022
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The Private Cost of Public Queues for Medically Necessary Care, 2022

The Private Cost of Public Queues for Medically Necessary Care, 2022 finds long waits for surgery and medical treatment cost Canadians almost $4.1 billion in lost wages and productivity last year. Crucially, the total median wait time in Canada for medical treatment was 25.6 weeks in 2021—the longest in the survey’s history.

— Dec 15, 2021
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Waiting Your Turn: Wait Times for Health Care in Canada, 2021 Report

Waiting Your Turn: Wait Times for Health Care in Canada, 2021 is a new study that finds Canada’s health-care wait times reached 25.6 weeks in 2021—the longest ever recorded—and 175 per cent higher than the 9.3 weeks Canadians waited in 1993, when the Fraser Institute began tracking medical wait times. Before this year, the longest recorded wait time was 22.6 weeks in 2020. Atlantic Canada has the longest wait times in the country this year, and Ontario recorded the shortest wait time, which was still more than four months long.

— Nov 2, 2021
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Comparing Performance of Universal Health Care Countries, 2021

Comparing Performance of Universal Health Care Countries, 2021 is a new study that compares the performance of Canada’s health-care system to its international peers. The data shows that despite Canada being among the most expensive universal-access health-care systems in the OECD, the country has some of the lowest numbers of doctors, hospital beds, medical technologies, and longest wait times.

— Oct 19, 2021
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Less Ottawa, More Province, 2021

Less Ottawa, More Province, 2021: How Decentralized Federalism is Key to Health Care Reform is a new study that examines two of the most important ongoing public policy challenges facing Canada: the deterioration of government finances, and the comparative underperformance of our health care system. Fundamental reform of Canada’s health care system can be achieved by replicating changes made by the Chretien government in the 1990s when Ottawa removed strings to federal funding for welfare, providing the provinces with more autonomy and flexibility.

— Oct 5, 2021
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Rethinking Long-Term Care in Canada: Lessons on Public-Private Collaboration from Four Countries with Universal Health Care

Rethinking Long-Term Care in Canada is a new study that compares Canada to other high-income countries—Germany, Japan, the Netherlands, and Sweden—with older populations that have leveraged collaboration between the public and private sectors to better meet the needs of their elderly population, granting them more autonomy and freedom to organize their own care as they see fit.

— Sep 23, 2021
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The Price of Public Health Care Insurance, 2021

The Price of Public Health Care Insurance, 2021 finds that a typical Canadian family with an average household income of $150,177 will pay $15,039 for public health care this year, and that health-care costs have increased 177.6 per cent since 1997 compared to a 109.9 per cent increase in average incomes.

— Jun 10, 2021
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Understanding Universal Health Care Reform Options: Activity-Based Funding

Understanding Universal Health Care Reform Options: Activity-Based Funding is a new study that finds paying hospitals for each patient they treat, also known as activity-based funding, instead of allocating pre-defined annual budgets could improve the quantity and quality of health care services while reducing wait times for Canadians. Nearly every other developed country with a universal health-care system has moved towards activity-based funding in recent decades, whereas Canada is among the last to continue to use lump sum payments.

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