While the right-wing Fraser Institute pumps out reports claiming health spending is unsustainable, the facts tell a different story.
Two new studies show public health care is in pretty good shape. The Canadian Institute for Health Information has analyzed health costs for 2005-2006, and the results show that spending is under control. And research from the University of Alberta busts the myth that seniors are placing growing pressure on health care.
Prof. Donna Wilson found that the highest users of health services are babieschildren under age two and pregnant women between the ages of 15 and 30. having babies. She says as more boomers retire, they could need more health care, but points out boomers as a group are “very healthy.”
“I hope everyone hears about this and leaders in government begin to realize that worrying about an unsustainable health care system isn’t where you should base your fears and use it to build up privatization,” Wilson told the media.
With files from The Globe and Mail and The Edmonton Journal