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Livio Di Matteo

Professor of Economics, Lakehead University and expert advisor,

Livio Di Matteo is an expert advisor with and Professor of Economics at Lakehead University. His recent study, “Physician Numbers As a Driver of Provincial Government Health Spending in Canadian Health Policy” appeared in Health Policy.
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Looking At The Changing World Of The Canada Health Transfer

The Harper era saw the move to a full per capita funding formula without a tax-point equalizing adjustment in 2014-15 -- basically a top-down policy change. Prime Minister Harper did continue with the 6 per cent annual escalator, which was part of the original 2004 Health Accord. But he also unilaterally decided to end the escalator in 2017-18 and replace it with increases tied to the growth rate of GDP and subject to a floor of 3 per cent.
06/09/2017 06:19 EDT
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There's No Good Reason Canada Shouldn't Have a National Drug Plan

A new study in the Canadian Medical Association Journal with health economist Steve Morgan as lead author argues a national universal care drug program would not result in substantial tax increases. It seems the time is ripe to finally complete our universal system of public healthcare coverage by adding a national public drug plan. If anything, these cautions should serve as guideposts to make sure a new national drug plan is not only effective but also designed in a fiscally sustainable manner.
04/14/2015 05:25 EDT
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Provinces Have Reined in Healthcare Costs -- But Not for Long

In the wake of new health expenditure data from the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI), the evidence continues to mount that Canadian public health expenditure growth is moderating. Moreover, adjusting for inflation and population growth, per capita provincial and territorial government health expenditures have actually declined since their peak in 2010.
11/13/2014 01:08 EST

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.
08/14/2013 05:56 EDT