Canadian Health Coalition

UPDATE: Council of Federation Meeting, July 2012

Health Care Financing

The Issue:

“There are stark and unpalatable choices that we face with respect to health care, but there is no magic solution. We absolutely must have an adult debate about how we deal with this.” That’s what David Dodge, former governor of the Bank of Canada and former deputy finance minister, told the Liberal policy conference last March. But an “adult debate” on the sustainability of public health care must start from who and what drives health-care spending, and for a clear identification of the winners and losers from eroding or dismantling Medicare.
— Robert G. Evans, PhD, Harvard Economics


Federal health cuts will cost provinces $36 billion: premiers, Vancouver Sun, July 30, 2012

Watch the June 17, 2010 Parliamentary Briefing and Press Conference featuring Robert Evans and Nik Nanos

Fact Sheet:  Sustainability of Health Care: Myths and Facts | Version Française

Op-Ed:  Medicare as sustainable as we want it to be  Toronto Star, June 2010

Mythbuster: Canada’s system of healthcare financing is unsustainable, Canadian Health Services Research Foundation, December 2007

Reports and Papers:

Neat, Plausible, and Wrong: The Myth of Health Care Unsustainability, Canadian Doctors for Medicare, 2011

The Sustainability of Medicare, Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions, 2010

How Sustainable is Medicare? A Closer Look at Cost Drivers in Canada’s Health Care System, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, 2007

Economic Myths and Political Realities: The Inequality Agenda and the Sustainability of Medicare, Centre for Health Services and Policy Research, 2007


These high-income docs want the rich to pay, Toronto Star, March 21, 2012

Health budget math doesn’t add up, Toronto Star, January 20, 2012

Health Accord in the News, January 2012

Health Financing in the News, December 2011

Tax isn’t a four letter word, Globe and Mail, October 2011

Reality check on health-care costs  Toronto Star, April 4, 2010

Liberals urged to overhaul Medicare due to rising costs  Canadian Press, March 27, 2010

Health care is good for the economy  National Post, May 14, 2009

Our health care serves up profits  The Hill Times, December 1, 2005

For-profit health care would drive up costs by $7.2 billion a year: study  Canadian Press, June 7, 2004