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Report Shows Manitoba Has One of the Lowest Individual Healthcare Spending in the country

The Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) has released a report that shows how Manitoba has the third lowest healthcare spending per person in the country. Many projects are happening in Manitoba to aid the healthcare system and upgrade it. The Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) foresees that Manitoba will be spending approximately $11.7 billion or more on healthcare for the year 2023.

The Health Expenditures Manager at the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI), Chris Kuchciak, commented on this by saying, “When we look at trends, what we see in 2022 is a levelling off of spending growth.”

The individual healthcare spending in Manitoba is shown to be less than the average in Canada, which happens to be $8,563. Manitoba’s spending is expected to go higher by 0.1%. The provinces that come first and second as lowest spending per person, Ontario and New Brunswick, are projected to have less spending per person this upcoming year.

“We are facing a staffing crisis in our hospitals; you look at some of those costs, and what CIHI was saying was that we are moving on to things like surgical and diagnostic backlogs,” says Thomas Linner, the Manitoba Health Coalition Executive Director.

This report was released with data predicting the upcoming healthcare spending for Manitoba, but the government still needs to make an announcement regarding this topic. Moreover, the government has said that announcements regarding the Health Human Resource Action Plan will be in the coming weeks.

– Halla Alhamed, U Multicultural

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