CARP - A New Vison of Ageing
Not only does Canada overspend and underperform compared to other OECD* countries, but there isn’t even parity between provinces and territories.
Access to quality health care should not depend on your postal code.
Our federal and provincial leaders must commit to delivering better health care for all Canadians no matter where they live.
Cancer Medication for seniors is much more expensive than in other provinces. Questionable Management of Province’s healthcare. Wait lists are so long, they can hardly be called “lists”. Continuing Care Strategy of 2006 has not been updated although an update was promised for 2017. High Dose Flu Vaccination not provided to persons 65+ whose doctor diagnoses them appropriately Frailty Scale. Shingles vaccination not provided Nova Scotian’s 65+
Claims to improve access, but instead closes 6 rural community hospitals? Confused? So are we.
PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND
Specialists come and go – recruitment, without retention is no plan at all. Lack of access to innovative medicines and new technologies is embarrassing!
NEWFOUNDLAND & LABRADOR
Health system under huge stress and province pays more than any other – yet no concrete plan from the government.
Elected on the commitment to improve wait times. So far, all about disrupting patient care and saving money. No commitment to improve system performance, only reduce spending over time!
Best of the lot, but mediocre at best. Drugs are too expensive, access to specialists are abysmal and forget about care close to home.
Horrible wait times, especially for hips and knees. Try to get a doctor? Good luck.
Saving is the mission. Plan to reduce use of Winnipeg facilities but only vague words about improving care and access in the country. Public drug plan is the most expensive in the country. Shame!
More doctors than anywhere, but good luck seeing one! Private clinics now abound in the province and neither government stops it. Two-tiered medicine now systematized and worse, subsidized!
Hallway medicine! Outside of urban centres, limited access to primary care, slow access to a specialist. Vague promises to expand the types of providers who can see patients, but no funding attached. When in doubt, reorganize the system — but no timeline or outcome declared. Chaos disguised as action!
CANADA’S FAILING GRADE
2019 total health spending in Canada $264 BILLION
Among OECD* countries with comparable systems, Canada ranks 6th highest in spending.
Here are just a few examples of how Canada spends more than other countries that are performing better.
HEALTH CARE SPENDING by Country, 2018
Canada 10.7% of GDP ($264,000,000,000)
Netherlands 9.9% of GDP
New Zealand 9.3% of GDP
United Kingdom 9.8% of GDP
Australia 9.3% of GDP
Source: OECD The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development*
WHERE’S THE LEADERSHIP?
The Federal government must stand up and provide leadership.
- Link Federal funding to improved wait times and health outcomes.
- Ensure robust interjurisdictional parity of services across Canada.
- Ensure patient can access their own information, readily available in a format that provides context.
TO LEARN MORE about CARP’s advocacy, VISIT carp.ca/fixhealthcarenow