[This article was originally published in Healthcare Quarterly, Volume 10, Number 3.]

The Demands for the Best in Healthcare
Healthcare spending in Ontario will rise from $30.6 billion in 2004 to an expected $38.8 billion in 2008-2009. In the year 2006-2007 alone, healthcare will consume 41% ($35.4 billion) of the government's total expenses. With respect to the availability of medical technology such as computed tomography scanners, magnetic resonance imaging and lithotripter, Canada is ranked in the bottom third among countries in the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development.