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Beyond Romanow: Why $3.5 Billion is Not Enough

Paying for Keeps Series by Armine Yalnizyan

In this Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives publication Armine Yalnizyan argues that the $3.5 billion in health care spending proposed by the Romanow Report does not constitute sufficient funding to implement the Report’s recommendations. While Yalnizyan notes the Romanow recommendations are critical first steps to securing public health care, she maintains that the level of funding proposed will leave many pressing health care needs unanswered. According to Yalnizyan, Canadian health care is in such dire need of increased funding that $3.5 billion will simply be absorbed into the system, leaving no room for substantive policy change. She contends that if funding is not increased to levels beyond the Romanow recommendations, the result will be the ‘passive-aggressive privatization’ of Canadian health care.

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Policy Publication Details

Author(s): Armine Yalnizyan;
Publisher: Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives [ Visit Website ]
Year Published: 2002; Publisher Type: Research Institute
Publicly Available: Yes Research Focus: National;
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
Policy Articles / Health Care / Funding / 2002
Policy Articles / Health Care / Privatization / 2002


Keywords / Tags:

Romanow Report; health care; funding; capital; privatization; cost absorption;