Spending priorities

I have been spending the last few days thinking about the relatively meager amount of money the Feds, and to some extent the Provinces, have historically allocated to eHealth technologies. I’ve always wondered why these governments, who say that runaway healthcare spending is one of their top priorities, spend on average between 1%-3% of operating healthcare budgets on eHealth. This spending level doesn’t seem to change much regardless of the flavor of the political parties in power.

When a federal government is willing to spend $16B on fighter jets, but only around $2B on Infoway I have to start wondering about priorities. Is eHealth just to hard a concept to sell to the Canadian public, or is it something else?


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