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Ralph Klein Saved Health Care and Education

There was a good reason why Klein and his finance minister Jim Dinning acted when they did. Interest payments on provincial debt were consuming more and more tax dollars, diverting money away from the very programs Klein's critics claimed to value.
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Health Care Spending Based on Population Hurts Provinces

The move to per capita transfers means that health care transfers will not be based on need, but on population alone. We know there are a number of provinces with smaller populations and many with a disproportionately large number of seniors -- it will cost those provinces more in order to deliver the care they need, when they need it.
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We Spend Money, But Health Care Doesn't Get Better

Canada's health expenditures as a share of the economy are, after accounting for our younger population, higher compared to every other developed nation with universal health insurance. Yet Canadians endure some of the longest delays for emergency care, primary care, specialist consultations, and elective surgery in the developed world.
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Canadian Doctors Are Working Less, But Earning More

While total physician numbers are growing, for many physicians, their individual workloads appear to have declined but their compensation has not. In an era of tight public budgets, having more physicians doing less and costing more may be seen as a luxury. One thing is certain: The recent trend toward doing less for more is not a sustainable option.