A new Fraser Institute study reviews what Canadians pay for their government-controlled health insurance. As thesummarizes:
In Canada, taxpayers are increasingly being asked to pay more for the public health care system.
However, Canadians often misunderstand the true cost of the system because many services are offered free at the point of use. In addition, Canada’s health care system is financed through general government revenues so that funding comes from many sources, making it difficult for Canadians to track how much they contribute, say Nadeem Esmail and Milagros Palacios of the Fraser Institute.
[Over the past decade], the estimated average payment for public health care insurance for six common types of Canadian families has increased by:
- More than 30 percent for two adults with no children.
- Nearly 26 percent for a family of two parents and one child.
- Twenty-two percent for a family of two parents and two children.
- About 35 percent for a single individual.
- More than 25 percent for a family of one parent and one child.
- And finally, 21.5 percent for a family of one parent and two children.
Furthermore, the share of income that a Canadian has to pay for health care has also increased relative to the changes in cost of other necessities of life.
Read more: The Price of Public Health Care Insurance.