Managing Healthcare for an Aging Population: New Brunswick's $78 Billion Question

11 Pages Posted: 4 Jul 2013

Date Written: February 13, 2013

Abstract

“New Brunswickers have been clear about their priorities: they want quality, affordable health care and services for our seniors.” (2012/13 New Brunswick Budget, p. 14).

New Brunswickers carry a $78 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: New Brunswick’s $78 Billion Question,” authors Colin Busby and William B.P. Robson recommend that New Brunswick prefund selected healthcare services and benchmark against other provinces to get better health bang for its tax bucks, particularly in regard to its relatively high spending on seniors’ programs and hospitals.

Keywords: Healthcare, Social Policy, Health Policy, Aging Population, New Brunswick

JEL Classification: I10, I18, H51

Suggested Citation

Busby, Colin and Robson, William B. P., Managing Healthcare for an Aging Population: New Brunswick's $78 Billion Question (February 13, 2013). C.D. Howe Institute e-brief 150. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2286864 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2286864

Colin Busby

C.D. Howe Institute ( email )

67 Yonge St., Suite 300
Toronto, Ontario M5E 1J8
Canada

William B. P. Robson (Contact Author)

C.D. Howe Institute ( email )

67 Yonge Street
Suite 300
Toronto, Ontario M5E 1J8
Canada
416-865-1904 (Phone)
416-865-1866 (Fax)

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