Manitoba Health Spending Still Highest in Canada

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Of the provinces in Canada, Manitoba spends the most per capita on healthcare.


  • The Manitoba government spends 17.4% more per capita on health care than the Canadian average. If per capita spending was at the Canadian average, it would spend about $439 million less than it presently does.
  • Manitoba spends 12.2% more per capita on health care than Saskatchewan and 9.3% more than Alberta. Although Alberta’s population is younger on average, no demographic disparity explains the spread between health-care spending in Manitoba and Saskatchewan.
  • Data on the current state of hospital crowding, waiting lists, delays and denials of medical procedures do not yet indicate a significant increase in health-care outcomes, despite significantly higher spending levels.

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