Ahhh one of my favorite topics…Canadian healthcare spending. I always consider Alberta to be a bit of the `canary in the coalmine`when it comes to healthcare (and conversely healthcare IT) spending. It looks like Alberta is not only protecting healthcare spending, they are increasing it.
Call me cynical, but it may have something to do with demographics and voting patterns. What is of concern to me is that almost every other ministry has to take a haircut so that healthcare spending can increase. Although I do not live in Alberta, what they do is likely to be repeated in other jurisdictions. As a parent with young kids, it concerns me greatly that other services such as education are getting hit badly. Call me Darwinian, but at what point does it make sense for Canada to start to invest more in future taxpayers.
I`m really beginning to pray that investing in healthcare IT starts to pay off, so that the beast known as healthcare spending can be brought under control.