Health Care in Canada: Is It Sustainable?



    CALGARY, April 14 /CNW/ - The fiscal sustainability of publicly financed
health care requires satisfying the health needs of the current generation of
taxpayers with current revenue and expenditure settings as well as planning
for those expenditures for future generations. Today, provincial health care
systems are under threat on both counts.
    In their paper, The Fiscal Sustainability of Alberta's Public Health Care
System, Livio and Rosanna Di Matteo argue that "if spending requirements
continue to grow at the pace of recent years ... Albertans will have to devote
a rising share of their government program expenditures to public health care,
be willing to accept a rising tax burden to pay for the increases and to
maintain current program shares, or consider altering the mix of private
versus public health care provision."
    The Di Matteo paper will be available at 9 a.m. MT on Tuesday, April 14,
along with a shorter summary, and can be found on The School of Public
Policy's website at www.ucalgary.ca/policystudies.

    The mandate of The School of Public Policy at the University of Calgary
is to provide timely, in-depth studies of current issues in public policy. The
Health Series is a collection of national research papers resulting from an
initiative of the Institute for Advanced Policy Research (IAPR), within The
School of Public Policy, with funding support from Alberta Health and
Wellness. This is the third paper in the series.





For further information:

For further information: Media contact: Betty Rice, Associate Director,
Communications and Educational Programming, School of Public Policy,
bwrice@ucalgary.ca, (403) 966-0776 (please note: The DiMatteos are based at
Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Ontario)

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