Mark Milke

Some Inconvenient Facts About Equalization

To grasp why Canada’s equalization program is such a public policy disaster, some myths need to be busted about the $14.8-billion annual transfer of federal tax dollars to the provinces through equalization — and the $46-billion in other inter-governmental transfers. So, let’s some consider some inconvenient facts.

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Frontier posts College of Physicians and Surgeons investigation of wrongly alleged “cancer epidemic” in oilsands.

In 2006, Dr. John O’Connor, a Nova Scotia physician then working in Fort Chipewyan, Alberta, alleged that an epidemic of cancer was occurring in northern Alberta—and because of the oilsands operations there. In light of this, Frontier has decided to post the November 4, 2009 College of Physicians and Surgeons investigation of Dr. O’Connor.

Separating the Twins

The purchaser-provider split is one of the main findings in the Euro-Canada comparison. The top six providers – Austria, the Netherlands, France, Switzerland, Germany and Sweden –have purchaser-provider splits, as do other countries trying to move up in the rankings.

Canada’s Doctor Shortage

There is a lose-lose scenario being played out among provincial governments in Canada: Governments are reluctant to pay for more doctors, as that would increase billings beyond what the governments, and by extension, the taxpayers are willing to pay. Taxpayers are reluctant to finance additional health-care costs, as they suspect governments are not the most efficient providers.