Albertans carry a $615 billion fiscal burden – the higher tax bill for increased healthcare costs over the next half-century – and should prepare now for the coming demographic squeeze, says a report released today from the C.D. Howe Institute. In “Managing Healthcare for an Aging Population: How Alberta Can Confront its Coming Fiscal Challenge,” authors Colin Busby and William B.P. Robson recommend that Alberta prefund selected healthcare services, and find cost savings and efficiencies by benchmarking against other provinces that get better bang for their bucks in some areas.
January 23, 2013