Health care services in Canada are in reasonable shape as per the latest surveys among the citizens. Although there are nagging issues when it comes to the waiting time and the availability of nurses, the structure by and large is decent in one of the largest countries in the world. The health care spending has slowed down in recent times, although the government at different levels contributes to an impressive 65% – 70% to the health care. Interestingly, Canada is one of those countries where healthcare laws and expenditure management is more a provincial concern rather than a national department. This allows individual provinces to make their own state laws.
In the recent past, the health care services in Canada are in the tune of a couple of hundred billion dollars which comes to nearly $6000 per person. This impressive average might come down due to budget deficits, with federal government slowly reducing the influence over healthcare reforms offering greater flexibility to the provinces. An interesting trend though has been spotted, when it comes to healthcare costs in the country. While the share of GDP that is allocated to health care is a little above 10%, the economy has been influenced directly. The administrators are now looking for alternatives.
The focus is not cutting down on cost by withdrawing some of the services or sponsorship, but by enhancing the efficiency with which the funds are being used. There is a clear attempt though not just by the federal governments, but by territorial and provincial administrators as well to clear the backlogs and enhance the capacity. However, the waiting time has been increased quite a bit in the last one decade. This has been done because of the increase in population to certain extent.
Healthcare facilities are not available in full scale for the migrants. On the other hand, a lot of citizens are satisfied with the healthcare system in Canada. The three territories combined with the ten provinces are also looking to enhance the quality through initiatives at various levels. One of them is the use of latest technology for the delivery of primary healthcare. The nation should also introduce a proper Act that acts as a guideline to improve the state of healthcare services in the country. Focusing on the breakdown of expenses is another important point.
A big share of the dollars goes to hospitals which nearly take 1/3rd of the funds available. Drugs and services of a physician together account for funds that have to be invested for the welfare of people. Spending on drugs is coming down though! Another important survey point that has come into light is the differences in health care needs and the basic infrastructure available in different provinces.
Compensation for health personnel is another key spending area, which should not be compromised upon. Some services are also available for people who have landed in the country around three months back. There are special walk-in clinics available for the public. The provinces and territories vary in terms of allocation for dental care, hearing aids and optometric services.