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2028 or Bust: Ontario's Unsustainable Hospital Spending

Fraser Alert by Mark Mullins

This brief Fraser Alert argues that public spending in Ontario hospitals is on an unsustainable financial track. The author, Mark Mullins, argues that this pattern of spending will require a rise in effective personal income taxes of almost 30 percent. Mullins argues that the main factor responsible for the cost increases, aside from population growth and the impact of an aging population, is a deliberate expansion of spending in health care that exceeds inflation and population increases. Mullins suggests this trend can be reversed, however, by fixing the hospital funding approach, changing system incentives, and introducing competitive hospital and health insurance markets.

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Policy Publication Details

Author(s): Mark Mullins;
Publisher: Fraser Institute [ Visit Website ]
Year Published: 2004; Publisher Type: Research Institute
Publicly Available: Yes Research Focus: Provincial;
Registration Required: No Language: English
Payment Required: No Publication Format: Adobe PDF

Subjects / Categories:

Policy Articles / Health Care / Funding
Policy Articles / Health Care / Privatization
Policy Articles / Health Care / Funding / 2004
Policy Articles / Health Care / Privatization / 2004
Policy Articles / Health Care


Keywords / Tags:

hospitals; unsustainable funding; population growth; ageing population; health insurance markets;