Canadian system anything but the model of health, but more federal money is not the answer

OTTAWA, Nov. 24, 2016 – Canada’s ailing health-care system is in desperate need of medical attention.

So says Munk Senior Fellow Sean Speer in a new video for the Macdonald-Laurier Institute.

“Not only is Ottawa’s health care system unsustainable from a fiscal point of view, it performs poorly across a range of indicators, including wait times and access to doctors and medical technology”, says Speer.

But we’ve tried throwing money at the problem, and Speer explains why increasing federal funding is not the answer.

Speer shows, through a series of infographics, how growth in federal health spending has not translated to reforms by the provinces, and he debunks cries of poverty from the premiers.

As Speer reveals, an increasing share of new health money is coming from the federal government. In recent years the provinces have shown they can hold the line on costs, all while demanding larger increases in funding from the feds.

More spending has only further paralyzed attempts at reform. How can Canadians help break the stasis that has enveloped governments on the health care file?
Watch the video to find out!

Check out the standalone infographics:


Sean Speer is a Munk Senior Fellow at the Macdonald-Laurier Institute. He previously served in different roles for the federal government including as senior economic adviser to the Prime Minister and director of policy to the Minister of Finance.

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