The Canadian Institute for Health Information has a new report out this week that compares the projected provincial levels of healthcare expenditures for 2017. Alberta finished second in per capita spending at $7,329.
But that doesn’t tell the whole story.
As University of Alberta economist Trevor Tombe points out, Alberta has a youthful population, with only 12 per cent of the population over the age of 65.
Tombe explained that, “adjusted for age and gender differences across provinces, Alberta is by far the highest spending province by health," putting Alberta 14 per cent higher than those CIHI estimates.
What this all means is that Albertans, comparatively speaking, are accessing healthcare less because we are younger and healthier, but spending way more on a lot of expensive nothingness.
This wouldn't be all that terrible if Alberta had 33 per cent better outcomes than everyone else.
But we don't.
And the NDP aren’t done creating more healthcare costs. Rachel Notley’s government has promised to renationalize private lab and laundry services, creating thousands more government workers and taking jobs away from the private sector.