‘Blowing up’ the Canada Health Act not the answer to rising costs: economist

Friday, November 18th, 2011

Nov 17, 2011
“Having growth in health-care costs outstrip national income does not necessarily mean the system is unsustainable”… “blowing up” the Canada Health Act in a way that ends or reduces the extent of public coverage for basic medical treatment is not the answer… better integration of the overall system… would include better use of technology for accessing patient records, as well as less reliance on expensive-to-run hospitals for end-of-life care or treatment of such chronic conditions as diabetes.

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Proactive plan could save Canada billions

Tuesday, October 4th, 2011

September 29, 2011
The council report says, in 2007, it would have cost about $12 billion to bring all Canadians’ income to a level that was above the poverty line, about half of what it says poverty costs Canadian taxpayers each year. Asked whether the government can afford to take such measures, he said it can’t afford not to. “If we’re already affording $24 billion, it’s kind of a nobrainer to afford $12 billion to make it better,” he said, though he added more money would be needed for measures that help keep people out of poverty.

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University tuition fees rise again: StatsCan

Friday, September 16th, 2011

Sep 16, 2011
Statistics Canada said the average annual tuition fee for undergraduate students is $5,366 for the new 2011-12 school year, up 4.3% from last year. That follows a 4% in tuition for the 2010-11 school year… Not only did Ontario see the biggest year-to-year rise in tuition fees, it also had the most expensive overall cost at $6,640 for undergraduates. Perhaps not surprisingly, post-secondary tuition has emerged as an issue in the current election campaign in Ontario… Ontario has the most expensive graduate programs with an average tuition of $7,578 and Newfoundland has the lowest at $2,456.

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