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Canadians need to spend $C5bn more a year on health care

BMJ 2002; 325 doi: (Published 09 November 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:1058
  1. David Spurgeon
  1. Quebec

    Canadians need to direct an additional $C5bn (£2.1bn; $3.2bn; €3.2bn) a year to their public healthcare system if they want it to survive and avoid the emergence of a parallel private system that they say they do not want. This is the central finding of the sixth and final volume of the report on healthcare reform from the Senate's standing committee on social affairs, science, and technology.

    The report is the first of two major studies on health care to be delivered to the federal government. The other, expected at the end of the month, is being drawn up by the government appointed commissioner, former Saskatchewan premier Roy Romanow.

    Simply putting more money into the …

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