By Derek Abma
OTTAWA — The Canadian health-care system has proven to be a black hole for federal tax dollars over the past decade or so, says a new report.
Despite hikes in federal transfers to provinces for health care that were $97.6-billion beyond what was needed to account for inflation and population growth in the past 13 years, there has been little improvement in access to care for Canadians, says the Fraser Institute study released Wednesday.
As an example, the report noted the time it takes to get treatment from a specialist after a referral from a general physician. The median time was 19 weeks last year, up almost 60% from 1997.
“Canadians should have expected the health-care system to improve, and it’s troubling that there has not been an improvement in spite of this very large increase in health-care expenditures since 1997-98,” said Nadeem Esmail, a senior…
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