Backgrounders, Costs and Spending

Backgrounder Federal Transfer Payments and how they affect healthcare funding in Canada Backgrounder: Federal Transfer Payments and how they affect healthcare funding in Canada
By Livio Di Matteo

The Canadian fiscal transfer system is relatively simple and designed to address fiscal imbalances arising from economic differences across provinces and territories that are related to per capita income and natural resource endowments.

Backgrounder: The relationship between burden of disease and health equity Backgrounder: The relationship between burden of disease and health equity
By Barbara Clow

Everyone deserves to live a long life in full health, but not everyone is so fortunate. Some individuals and groups are more at risk of falling ill, becoming severely ill or disabled or dying prematurely (that is, before the average expected life span).

Burden of Disease Backgrounder: ‘Burden of disease’: What it means and why it matters
By Barbara Clow

In a world affected by numerous diseases, disabilities and illnesses, how do governments, health care providers, media or the general public decide which ones are most important?

Backgrounder_Why-more-healthcare-is-not-always-the-answer Backgrounder: Why more healthcare is not always the answer
By Neeta McMurtry

Does more healthcare create better outcomes? In other words, do more medications, tests and interventions necessarily result in healthier patients?
It turns out more care is, all too often, unnecessary care.

Backgrounder: Healthcare with user fees
By Alex Peden

The most basic way of categorizing healthcare financing is to separate public and private healthcare costs. Public financing includes expenditures from any level of government (financed through taxation) as well as social insurance funds (these are much more widespread in European health care systems, although Workers’ Compensation Boards would be included here).


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