I work every day with health care providers and administrators in Canada’s health care system. They are smart, hard-working, compassionate, well-intentioned public servants.
That doesn’t mean the system is working. It’s not. And it’s going broke.
Many of those well-intentioned public servants are exhausted. Demand, as we all know, exceeds supply in our system.
According to the Canadian Institute for Health Information:
In 2015, total health expenditure in Canada is expected to reach $219.1 billion, or $6,105 per person. It is anticipated that, overall, health spending will represent 10.9% of Canada’s gross domestic product (GDP).
I encourage everyone who is even moderately interested to read Neil Macdonald’s piece on Canada’s health care system. It’s bang on, and full of insight: