The High Cost of Health Care

Spring 2008 CSANews Issue 66  |  Posted date : May 24, 2008.Back to list

The Big Picture - 2007

Canada's Health-Care Spending for 2007     $160 Billion
Public-Sector Spending for 2007             $113 Billion
Private-Sector Spending for 2007            $47 Billion
Canada's Cost of Health Care Per Person    $4,867

A little more local

Provincial and Territorial Spending for 2007    $100 Billion (included above)
Canadians aged 65 and older accounted for an estimated 44% of total provincial and territorial government health-care spending in 2005.
Average annual cost per capita for persons aged 65 and older     $ 9,502
Children aged 0 -1        $7,437
Persons aged 1 - 64    $1,735
Persons aged 65 - 69     $5,142
Persons aged 85 - 89     $20,731

Comparison of Health-Care Spending in North America (2005)

United States    per person per annum average $6,401 USD
Canada    per person per annum average $3,326 USD
Based on 1997 exchange value of 0.7222
Mexico    per person per annum average $675 USD

Source: Canadian Institute for Health Information