Farmers Forum staff
VANCOUVER – Canada’s health care is “free,” right?
Of course it’s not literally free – even if we don’t pay directly for medical services, Canadians pay a substantial amount of money for health care through a variety of taxes.
It might surprise you just how much the average family pays for this “free” health care.
A new study published by the Fraser Institute today finds that a typical Canadian family of four will pay an estimated $15,847 for public health-care insurance this year.
Since 1997 (the first year for which data is available) the cost of health care for the average Canadian family has increased by 210 %. Between 1997 and 2022, the cost of public health care insurance for the average Canadian family increased 3.9 times as fast as average income, the study found.