The Ontario Hospital Association (OHA) has just released a fairly interesting report entitled The Changing Face of Ontario Healthcare. Here's what I draw from the report:
- Provincial government health care spending in 2010 is $173 per capita less in Ontario than other provinces. That means $173 less for every person in the province for the year. And that means a saving of $2.3 billion province-wide.
- All of this (and more) is accounted for by spending less per capita than other provinces on hospitals. Ontario spends $262 less per capita than the other provinces. In total that is a saving of $3.5 billion for all of Ontario.
- The gap between what Ontario spends and what other provinces spend has increased every year since 2005 when the difference was only $86 per capita.
- Unlike hospitals, Ontario spends more per capita than any other province on physicians: $192 more per capita than the other provinces. The gap between what Ontario spends and what other provinces spend has grown since 2005 when it was only $126 more in Ontario.
- Ontario also spends more per capita on drugs, even a little more than Quebec which is the home of the brand name drug industry in Canada. Per capita, Ontario spends $61 more than the other province per capita. The gap has remained pretty constant since 2005.
- Ontario would have to increase hospital spending by 3.5% to match the average of the other provinces. Notably, almost all of that could be achieved if physician and drug spending also matched what other provinces are spending.