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  • Overall, the health-to-GDP ratio in Canada has trended upward in the last 40+ years.
  • After a short period of decreases in the mid-1990s due to fiscal restraint, the ratio rose again in the late 1990s and throughout the first decade of the new millennium as a result of major investments made in health care, peaking at 11.6% in 2010.
  • Between 2010 and 2014, health spending per capita decreased in real terms by an average of 0.01% per year. This reflected, in large part, Canada’s modest economic growth and fiscal restraint as governments focused on balancing budgetary deficits.
  • Since 2014, health spending per capita has increased in real terms by an average of 1.4% per year.
  • As prospects for economic growth improve, growth in health spending could be higher in the future.

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