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Hospital financing in Canada Barer, M. L.


The simple story of Canadian hospital financing -- single-source (tax-based) public funding through provincial Ministries of Health to individual institutions through prospective global budgets -- offers a relatively accurate general picture which, nevertheless, masks both the provincial/territorial variations in the details, and the different ways in which capital and operating costs are funded and allocated. The objective of this paper is to put some (but not all the) flesh on the bones of this story, with a particular focus on recent new funding initiatives (using a few selected provinces for details), and on the less well-understood capital funding process.

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