The “Sustainability” Myth

Critics of Medicare assert that the cost of our public health care system is growing at such an alarming pace that the entire system is “unsustainable”. They claim that the cost of health care could consume 70%-80% of provincial tax dollars in the coming decades, and that the depth of the crisis will inevitably increase as baby boomers become seniors and overwhelm the system with growing demands.

The result of these fears is the assertion that the system is “unsustainable”, and the only “adult” response is to break with what has for many decades, been a fundamental priority in Canadian political life: the preservation of universal, publicly funded health care. Fortunately, the critics are wrong.

Read our paper: Neat, Plausible and Wrong: The Myth of Health Care Unsustainability

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