The Traditional Census is Dying, and a Good Thing Too: Leviathan’s spyglass

Worth A Look, Civil Liberties, The Economist

America’s constitution requires it to conduct a shoe-leather census, which is why this year’s effort is going to cost it over $11 billion. The Finns, by contrast, spent about €1m ($1.2m) on their last one. That’s about $36 per head in America and 20 cents in Finland. Denmark has been keeping track of its citizens without a traditional census for decades; Sweden, Norway, Finland and Slovenia, among others, have similar systems. Germany will adopt the approach for its next count, also due in 2011.

Canada Health Consumer Index 2009

Publication, Healthcare & Welfare, Ben Eisen

How good is your provincial health care? Frontier’s annual Canada Health Consumer Index evaluates healthcare-system performance in the ten provinces from the perspective of the consumer. For the second straight year, Ontario and British Columbia finish with the top scores in the CHCI’s overall rankings.

Taking a Second Look at the Health Index

Media Appearances, Healthcare & Welfare, Frontier Centre

The index compared the user-friendliness of Canada’s health care system with those of 29 European countries. The results were startling to many of my readers. Canada placed 23rd out of 30 countries. Given our high level of health care spending, when adjusted for “bang for the buck,” Canada ranked last. The column has generated such a passionate response that a second look at the index is warranted.