Slight decline in Alberta health care spending in 2022

The spokesman for theHERE for the report (New window)Pierre Léveillé, however, wants to put this decline in perspective. Before the pandemic or at the beginning [de celle-ci]there were large increases in health spending in Alberta, up 7.3%he said, adding that these were increases that we haven’t seen in the last 10 to 15 years.

In addition, part of the funds injected by the province into its health system in 2020 remained in the circuit.

Another important fact of the report for Alberta is that, for the first time, spending on doctors in the province exceeded spending on medicines, by 14.6%, compared to 13.1%, while spending on hospitals ranks first place, with a quarter of total health spending.

Hospital expenses include staff salaries, supplies, equipment, administration, and support such as laundry and cleaning. Physicians are not included in the calculation.

Pierre Léveillé explains the increased spending on medical fees by the fact that, at the height of the pandemic, many people did not have to go to their doctors for routine appointments about, for example, chronic illnesses or for other minor ailments.

Now that medical appointments have resumed, this is leading to an increase in demand for doctors’ services, thus an increase in costs for their fees, he says.

Professor Fiona Clement of the Department of Community Health Sciences at the University of Calgary is also not surprised by the increase in spending on doctors. She attributes this to the current context, marked in particular by inflation and higher salaries, in a very competitive medical market, where everyone is thinking of increasing their offer to attract more doctors.

On average, the province is expected to pay $8,545 per capita in 2022, one notch below the national average, which is projected at $8,563 per person.

Pierre Léveillé also points out that the province’s expenses related to COVID-19 have begun to decline. As of early 2020, Alberta had spent $2.9 billion [à la pandémie]which then represented about 8% of their total health spending.

According to forecasts for 2022, spending will fall back to 2%.

With information from Julien Latraverse

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