“Medicare,” provides public funding for all medically necessary hospital and physician services.
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.
Normally provincial medical association elections are not national news. The one vote difference between first and second place in the race for president of the Doctors of BC – later declared a tie after a recount – might be enough to grab people’s attention.
From a high of $3,915 (2012 dollars), real provincial and territorial government health spending per capita has declined by 3.9 percent to reach an estimated $3,762. Is this a permanent bending of the health care cost curve or a temporary pause?