Government home care spending reaches $3.4 billion in 2003-2004 - CIHI study is the first of its kind to look at government spending on home care

    OTTAWA, March 22 /CNW Telbec/ - Government spending on home care grew
from $1.6 billion in 1994-1995 to $3.4 billion in 2003-2004, an average annual
growth of 9.2%, according to a new report from the Canadian Institute for
Health Information (CIHI). In comparison, over the same time period, total
government health spending increased by an average of 5.7% per year.
Public-Sector Expenditures and Utilization of Home Care Services in Canada:
Exploring the Data is CIHI's first comprehensive report on public-sector
spending on home care services-a combination of health care and support
services provided in the home instead of in an institutional setting.
    Between 1994-1995 and 2003-2004, government home care spending per person
increased on average by 6.1% per year after adjusting for inflation, while
total government health spending per person increased by 2.7% per year. Home
care spending represented 4.0% of total government health spending in
    The number of patients using government-subsidized home care increased
from 23.9 per 1,000 in 1994-1995 to 26.1 per 1,000 in 2003-2004, representing
an average annual increase of 1.0%. Over the study period, spending on home
care increased faster than the number of patients did, suggesting that in
general, home care users each consumed more resources in 2003 than they did a
decade previously.

    Provincial and territorial variations in spending on home care

    In 2003-2004, provincial and territorial government spending on home care
averaged $105.30 per person. "Spending on home care varies from one province
to the next," says Jean-Marie Berthelot, Vice President, Programs, at CIHI.
"This can be the result of many factors, including the level of service
offered by each individual home care program and the needs of the population
within each province."

    Home health versus home support

    This report breaks home care into two components. The first-home
health-includes professional services such as nursing care. The second-home
support-includes other services, such as personal care, housework, meals,
shopping and respite care.
    Government spending on both home health services and home support
services increased; in 2003-2004, per capita spending was $56.95 for home
health and $60.10 for home support (up from $32.41 for home health and
$41.95 for home support in 1995-1996). Professional home health services
accounted for an increasing share of spending on home care services, rising
from 43.3% in 1995-1996 to 48.6% in 2003-2004.

    About CIHI

    The Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) collects and
analyzes information on health and health care in Canada and makes it publicly
available. Canada's federal, provincial and territorial governments created
CIHI as a not-for-profit, independent organization dedicated to forging a
common approach to Canadian health information. CIHI's goal: to provide
timely, accurate and comparable information. CIHI's data and reports inform
health policies, support the effective delivery of health services and raise
awareness among Canadians of the factors that contribute to good health.

    The report and the following figures are available from CIHI's website at

    Figure 1.  Level of Total Public Home Care Spending, 1994-1995 to
               2003-2004, Canada (Current $Million)

    Table 1.   Level of Total Public Home Care Spending per Capita and
               Change, 1994-1995 to 2003-2004, Current Dollars, Canada

    Figure 2.  Level of Provincial and Territorial Government Home Care
               Spending per Capita, 1994-1995 and 2003-2004, Current Dollars,
               Selected Jurisdictions and Canada

For further information:

For further information: Media contacts: Christina Lawand, (613)
241-7860, ext. 4310, Cell: (613) 299-5695; Leona Hollingsworth, (613)
241-7860, ext. 4140, Cell: (613) 612-3914

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