An argument for more health care funding that’s getting old

Vancouver Sun columnist Pete McMartin argues that the notion that the elderly are a massive burden on B.C.’s health care budget and represent the greatest threat to its financial solvency is not true but these notions “form the basis of the provincial government’s argument against the federal government’s new per capita funding formula for health care.”
Associate professor Kim McGrail, a health economist with UBC’s Centre for Health Services and Policy Research, released a 2011 study that found the expectation of a “grey tsunami” overwhelming the health system in B.C. was overblown. “The real increases,” McGrail said, “are driven by a more intensive health care, one where seniors are more quick to get tests and imaging done and where they see more specialists.”
“Putting on the political brakes, so to speak, with the federal announcement in December is in my view very positive because it forces the flattening of the cost curve,” wrote Craig Mitton, associate professor at UBC’s School of Population and Public Health. “The point here is that it is not aging or technology but political will that controls the rate of growth of expenditure.”

Vancouver Sun, Thu Jan 19 2012, Page: A4, By: Pete McMartin