Michael Rachlis MD

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Canada's Health System needs Innovation

19 April 2012, 12:50 PM

Read an article in today’s Montreal Gazette about my presentation tomorrow at the Quebec Medical Association annual meeting.

Filed under Health Care Expenditures, Interviews, Meetings, Presentations

Good news about Medicare

10 November 2010, 1:21 AM

I have an op ed in today’s Toronto Star on Medicare’s good run. The Canadian Institute for Health Information released their annual health spending numbers two weeks ago. Health care costs have decreased their share of the economy or Gross Domestic Product (GDP) slightly in 2010 - from 11.9% in 2009 to 11.7% after shooting up from 10.7% in 2008. It turns out that almost the entire increase in 2009 was due to shrinkage in the economy not increased spending.

The graph below summarizes the Canadian spending data and indicates what the results would have been for 2009 and 2010 with 1998-2008 rates of economic growth. I have put together a few slides which summarize the new data for Canada and Ontario. Please use them and distribute them.

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Filed under Health Care Expenditures, Ontario health care, Presentations, Wait Times

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