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Wednesday, July 11, 2007

BC health ministry run by Chicken Little?

BC health minister George Abbott has promised the Conversation on Health won’t lead to privatized, US-style healthcare system. But critics worry his government's belie that promise, reports the CBC. The Conversation -- a series of public consultations -- wrapped up on July 7.

Coincidentally (or perhaps not), UBC health economist Robert Evans has just e-published (PDF) that examines the BC government's claims that the system's unsustainable. "What's the real issue?" asks Professor Evans. The answer: "The Inegalitarian Agenda." The chart below shows that Canadian healthcare spending as a proportion of GDP is, in fact, not really going up very fast at all.

I'm guessing Professor Evans isn't very popular in Victoria these days.

For more on BC's "sky is falling" healthcare cost claims, , with comments from Professor Evans.

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