Having spent the past week looking at audit reports related to eHealth projects and agencies I got to thinking about how eHealth spending relates to overall healthcare spending. Some back of the envelope calculations show:
- Infoway has been in existence approximately 9 years
- The federal gov’t has invested $1.6B in Infoway; not all of these funds have been spent though most have been allocated to specific projects.
- During the 9 year period since Infoway was created total healthcare spending in Canada has been on the order of $1 trillion dollars, with approximately 70% of this spending coming from the public purse.
So, total investments in Infoway represent approximately 0.16% of total healthcare spending during the same period; 0.23% of public spending.