Canada has more doctors and health specialists than ever — but is that good news?

Canada has more doctors and health specialists than ever — but is that good news?

Without appropriate measurement of health care outcomes, we cannot know if cost control measures affect the quality of care.

Canada has more doctors and health specialists than ever — but is that good news?

Canada has more doctors and health specialists than ever — but is that good news?

We don’t have measures in place to evaluate whether increasing the specialist health workforce is always the best investment of our health care dollars.

Canada has more doctors and health specialists than ever — but is that good news?

Canada has more doctors and health specialists than ever — but is that good news?

Just how big is the increase in the number of health specialists? The number of specialists per Canadian has almost doubled since 1981.

Canada has more doctors and health specialists than ever — but is that good news?

Canada has more doctors and health specialists than ever — but is that good news?

While there has been a recent decline in real per capita provincial government health spending, total physician costs have continued to rise.

British Columbia’s failed healthcare experiment

British Columbia’s failed healthcare experiment

Our first point of contact with the health system — often referred to as ‘primary care’ — should result in prompt and efficient care for our general health concerns, and coordinate our journey through the system when we need more specialized care.

Time to re-think health care policy for the elderly

Time to re-think health care policy for the elderly

As the Canadian population continues to age, there is a need to revisit conventional thinking regarding the provision of health care services for seniors to ensure that the system is sustainable for all Canadians. There are a number of misperceptions in current thinking.