Although Canada’s is among the most expensive universal-access health-care systems in the OECD, its performance is modest to poor. Canada spends more on health care than the majority of high-income OECD countries with universal health-care systems.

Canada ranked last (or close to last) on four of four indicators of timeliness of care; and ranked seventh (out of ten) on the indicator measuring the percentage of patients who reported that cost was a barrier to access.

The data examined in this report suggest that there is an imbalance between the value Canadians receive and the relatively high amount of money they spend on their health-care system.

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