How much does Canada spend on healthcare?

family doctor teamThe Canadian healthcare system has been at the forefront of many discussions over the past decade. Government officials on the federal and provincial level, including health Canada, have been hard at work discussing and trying to figure out how to keep health spending under control. In fact, health spending has been going up over the past twenty years.  So should the government of Canada and the cities at the individual level deal with this? First, let us examine the causes of the increase in spending.

Advances in Medicine

One of the most important causes for the increase in healthcare spending is the advances in medicine that we have seen over the past few years and decades. Diseases and conditions that were untreatable in the past are now curable. And that comes with a cost. So the government of Canada, Ontario and even at the city level in places such as Brampton, are forking out more money to treat diseases that would not have been treatable twenty years ago. All that adds to the costs of running the health care system.

Shortage of Family Doctors

There has been a shortage of doctors and physicians, especially in the more populous provinces such as Ontario and Quebec. There have been efforts to lure foreign trained doctors, and that has helped increase the supply. However, there is still a shortage especially in the family physician and walk-in clinic area. That lead to the existing doctors to ask for more increases in their pay, and the government is the one who pays the bills.

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WalkIn Clinics

People nowadays demand convenience more than at any other time in history. That has lead to the increase in popularity of the walk in clinic! In fact, more people today are seeing a doctor at a walkin clinic than at the traditional clinics of the past. All this means that there are additional resources and places that should be funded by the government. One of my friends recently wanted to see a doctor and when trying to book an appointment was told she has to wait for two weeks. Therefore, instead of waiting she visited old town health centre and was able to see a doctor immediately.

Aging of the Population

As the population ages, the health demands of that population as an increase. That is something that is seen not only in Canada but also in many countries around the world.

Health Spending

In 2016 Canada spent in excess of $211 billion on the health care and medical system. That seems like a huger number, however when you compare it with other countries, and with the high quality of health and medical services that are provided, it seems that the number is well worth it.

It remains to be clear whether governments can reel in that spending and keep a cap on it. There are measures and ideas currently being discussed to examine these actions.

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Importance of Scientific Research within The Transportation Industry

When it comes to improving the society that we live in, nothing ever comes close to the role of scientific research. In fact, technology and scientific advances have been at the forefront of improving people’s lives for decades and centuries.
We live in a world today where we can fly in airplanes, rent limousines and live in air-conditioned homes because of the people who came before us. Those people improved technology and manufacturing to the point where we can have cars made of aluminum, and fly in airplanes that are very technically advanced.

Regardless of where we are in the cycle of advancements, one thing is clear; we must continue to improve our scientific methods by investing in education and manufacturing. For example, aluminum extrusion has been one of these processes that have seen tremendous improvements over the past few decades. It has seen similar improvements to those of steel manufacturing in the nineteenth century.

What effect does this have on our lives today? It has a huge effect. It allows us to be able to travel in lighter cars that can even run on electric power. It also gives us an electric grid that transports electricity right to our home where we can use it to run our dishwasher, iron our clothes and do a host of other things that we take for granted on a daily basis.

As the world works on improving productivity and luxury, it is important to note the role of scientific advancements in making the life that we live today as comfortable and as luxurious as possible. Only a few decades ago, automobiles were invented. Today, we have the luxury of renting limousines to take us to our destination in style. That trend is bound to continue and to improve the level of lifestyle that people enjoy in the years to come.

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