Monday, January 4, 2010

Health care spending

Health-care spending in Canada is expected to reach $183.1 billion this year, up more than five per cent from last year, according to a report released on Thursday.
The Canadian Institute for Health Information's annual report on national health spending forecast an increase of $241 per person, raising total expenditures to an estimated $5,452 this year.

The report also looked at per capita spending by age group, confirming that birth and end of life tend to be the most expensive times in terms of health care spending.
An infant under the age of one costs an estimated $8,239 per person. Between age one and age 64, spending averaged less than $3,809 per person.
Among seniors, per capita spending jumped to :
  • $5,589 for those aged 65 to 69.
  • $7,732 for those 70 to 74.
  • $10,470 for those 75 to 79.
  • $17,469 for those 80 and older.
Today, seniors account for 44 per cent of total provincial health spending. This has stayed largely the same since 1998 when it was just over 43 per cent.
An excerpt from Living and Dying With Dignity.

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