Managing Healthcare for an Aging Population: Some Good News and Some Bad News for Saskatchewan
11 Pages Posted: 30 Jun 2013 Last revised: 2 Jul 2013
Date Written: January 23, 2013
“Spending on healthcare in the western provinces and Canada has increased over time, outpacing growth in other government program spending. Further, the trend is expected to continue given the aging population and an increase in demand for new technology and treatments, which is a concern for the sustainability of the healthcare system in the near future.” Saskatchewan 2010/11 Ministry of Health Strategic Plan (Saskatchewan 2010, p. 15.)
Saskatchewanites carry a $82 billion fiscal burden – the higher tax bill for increased healthcare costs over the next half-century – and should prepare now for the coming demographic squeeze, says a report released today from the C.D. Howe Institute. In “Managing Healthcare for an Aging Population: Some Good News and Some Bad News for Saskatchewan,” authors Colin Busby and William B.P. Robson recommend that Saskatchewan prefund selected healthcare services, and find cost savings and efficiencies by benchmarking against other provinces that get better bang for their bucks in some areas.
Keywords: Healthcare, Social Policy, Health Policy, Aging Population, Saskatchwan
JEL Classification: I10, I18, H51
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