The New Brunswick Health Council (NBHC) recently spoke publicly of the sustainability challenge of our provincial health care system. The issue has also garnered much attention in the council's on-going engagement sessions. To help interested stakeholders better appreciate the sustainability challenge, the NBHC has prepared a report called Understanding New Brunswick's Health Care Costs and Capacity to Deliver Health Care. More...
For Financial and clinical sustainability to occur in New Brunswick, planning for the future will be critical. In order for sustainability to occur there will need to be a balance between a low per capita cost, adequate capacity and resources, quality health care services, and citizen satisfaction with the health system while providing the best health outcomes for the population of New Brunswick.
Advancement in current technologies
Changing expectations: wanting the newest and best
Capital (Buildings & Equipment)
Inflation & labour costs
Programs and services offered in New Brunswick
Source: Canadian Institute for Health Information, National Expenditure Database, 2009 (Includes the Department of Wellness, Culture and Sport -Wellness portion, the Department of Health and the Department of Social Development -Long Term Care).
Slowing growth rate
The Department of Health planned for a slowing of the growth rate of health expenditures. They set their target for 2010/2011 at 4.5% growth rate based on their average expenditure growth rate of 8.6% in the past 10 years. The real one year annual change from 2007-2008 to 2008-2009 (reviewed by the NBHC) revealed a 5% increase ($2.34 billion to $2.46 billion); a positive trend towards their goal. (This target does not include wellness expenditures from the Department of Wellness, Culture and Sport; or long term care expenditures from the Department of Social Development.)
Capacity / Resources (Equipment, staffing and information technology):
The information from this report will contribute to the overall baseline picture of sustainability from which the New Brunswick Health Council will build its overall recommendations to the Minister of Health.
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