Abstract

There is general consensus across Canada that to be able to cope with rising costs in healthcare and improve the status of health of the population a move must be made towards more primary care, chronic disease management, home-care services for the elderly, health prevention and better health education. More money has to be invested in our healthcare system, and universal coverage must be maintained. The use of costly hospital services must be focused on those patients that can be served nowhere else, and those hospital services must be provided in the most efficient and economical way possible.