Institute:Office of National Coordinator (ONC) Workforce Training Curriculum
Component:Introduction to Health Care and Public Health in the U.S.
Unit:Financing Health Care - Part 1
Lecture:Types of Health Care Systems
Slide content:Financing Canadas Health Care Canada Health Act 1984 Increased access Lowered individual costs Defined medically necessary services Financing Federal income tax distributed to provinces and territories Province/territory fund a portion 18
Slide notes:The modern health care system in Canada began in April of 1984 with the passage of the Canada Health Act. This Act updated earlier laws from 1957 and 1966 that had helped fund health care in Canada. The Canada Health Act passed in 1984 was designed to increase access to and limit costs for health care. It set national health care criteria, such as universal access to government-paid medically necessary services for everyone. Provinces and territories are required to follow specific guidelines. Today, provinces and territories receive income tax money from the federal government to pay for approximately half of their health care expenditures. The amount of federal money each region receives depends on its population, with low population provinces receiving additional federal funds. The provinces and territories must provide the balance of the financing for necessary services. Some provinces and territories supplement health care funding through sources such as lotteries, sales taxes, or health care premiums. Patients who cannot afford the premiums still have the right to receive health care. The Canada Health Act uses public funds to pay health care providers who generally are in private practice. Health IT Workforce Curriculum Version 4.0 18