-With files from Matt Lee
The Federal Government should be looking to the 1990’s welfare reforms to fix Canada’s under-performing health care system, a new study reveals.
The report, released by the Fraser Institute, compares the escalating costs of the welfare system from 20 years ago with today’s health care system.
Last year, health-care costs consumed more than 40 per cent of provincial budgets on average, and they’re estimated to rise to more than 47 per cent by 2030.
Ben Eisen, co-author of the study, says the welfare reforms are a great example that policymakers should follow for health care and that giving provinces more autonomy to innovate with financing is key to improving the performance of our health care system.
He says current rules and regulations are holding back provinces…
“…And be free to innovate in their health care systems to improve the way they deliver health care in ways that meet needs of their local populations.”
Eisen says with an increasing and aging population, Canada can’t afford to wait much longer.
“There’s inertia right now, and exactly how far away we are from change I can’t speculate, but absolutely federal rules are one of the reasons we’re not seeing more reform and positive change.”
He suggests systems like co-payments which have been successful in Europe would help alleviate some of the problem here.