B.C. budget does nothing to reform health care despite long wait times

Much of the media buzz following British Columbia’s recent budget focused on the government’s proposed cut in Medical Services Plan (MSP) premiums. What went relatively unnoticed, however, was the fact that health-care spending is projected to increase annually by 3.2 per cent (on average) over the next three years.No major reforms are planned, so the government will continue to spend more on health care without changing how the system is funded and how services are delivered. This is a problem.Before explaining why, it’s first important to understand how MSP premiums can be cut while health-care spending continues to increase. Simply

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