Canada’s health care system has fallen behind the rest of the world, experts say
A series of new studies have shown Canada’s healthcare system is falling behind its peers.
The report, published Tuesday by the Canadian Association of Public Health Professionals, examined health-care spending in Canada and found Canada has fallen in four key indicators compared to other industrialized countries.
The Canadian health-system deficit, according to the report, is about $3.8 billion a year, while other OECD countries, including the United States, Germany, Denmark and Sweden, have higher deficits.
The overall deficit is $14.7 billion a season.
The gap between the countries average health spending and that of the other OECD nations has widened since 2009, when the health-insurance market collapsed.
Canada is the only OECD country to see a deficit of $6.3 billion in the first half of this year.
The country’s health-plan spending per person in 2017 was $27,858.
That was higher than the OECD average of $28,094.
The number of Canadian adults receiving comprehensive care and their health outcomes has improved in recent years, but the country’s overall health-competitiveness remains far below the rest.
The study’s authors said it was important to remember the health system is an expensive business.
“Canada has a significant share of the global health-market share, but only about one-quarter of that share is in the private sector,” the report states.
“In the public sector, health-policy spending is one-third the size of the private market, and it is also at risk of falling behind.”
Health Canada said the report highlighted a number of trends that needed to be addressed, including improving access to quality care and providing additional support to Canadians with disabilities.
The health-consultancy said it’s important for Canadians to have the confidence in their health-services system that is earned through their hard work and hard work is rewarded.
“We are not in a recession, we are in an economic recovery, and we are committed to strengthening and diversifying our health-and-social-services systems,” Health Minister Jane Philpott said in a statement.
“The government is committed to investing $500 million to improve access to services for Canadians with health and disabilities, including enhancing and expanding the access of private health care providers to Ontario residents.”
The government’s health plan includes $25 billion over four years to improve health care access in the province.
Philpott has also announced plans to raise the province’s income tax rate from 6 per cent to 7 per cent, increase provincial health transfers to cover patients’ premiums and increase provincial tax credits for working families.