Innovation, not just money, needed to fix health-care system: Philpott – CP

VANCOUVER – Canada needs innovative solutions to improve home and primary health care so it can match other countries including Britain and Australia, which have overcome similar problems by spending less money, Health Minister Jane Philpott says.

It’s a myth that Canada has the best health-care system in the world, she told the annual meeting of the Canadian Medical Association on Tuesday.

“We spend more per capita on health care than many other countries. What’s worse is while we do this we get poorer outcomes for our patients.”

Philpott, a former family doctor in Stouffville, Ont., said it’s not the quality of health care that needs to be addressed, but the way in which it’s delivered while the federal health-care budget has ballooned to historic highs.

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