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Canadian health-care costs should rise

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If Canadians truly want a public health care system that’s sustainable, they’re going to have to dig deeper into their pockets to pay for it, according to a report published Monday in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.

Among the recommendations outlined in the analysis: eliminate the private health insurance subsidy and consider sin taxes as those are among the most equitable ways governments could increase revenue to “keep pace” with rising health-care costs.

“Health care spending has gone up for a long time and will probably continue to go up over the coming decades,” said Dr. Irfan Dhalla of the University of Toronto’s department of medicine, the co-author of the report.

“Almost all Canadians want a high-quality public health care system that’s there for them when they need it. If we agree that that’s what we want, then we need to think about where we find the money to pay for that.”

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