In the current squabble over improving drug coverage and child care in this country, it’s crucial that the social programs provided in Canada be compared with the far superior benefits that are provided citizens of most European countries. Apart from the United States, Canada is the only advanced nation that confines its public health care to the services of physicians and hospitals. In Europe, coverage is universal and comprehensive, incorporating dental and vision care as well as pharmaceuticals. The latest OECD report on the social spending of its 34 member states ranks Canada 24th for its relatively low 17.2 percent of GDP expended on social programs. Most of the countries that surpass Canada have social spending rates higher than 24 percent of GDP, and several, including France, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Ireland, and the three Scandinavian countries, have rates that exceed 28 percent. Incredibly, even the United States ranks above Canada…
Childcare is an investment in our society’s future. Let’s start treating it like one.
Daycare? Or stay-at-home? It’s a difficult decision.
Well, sort of.
We’re losing young people, our population is aging, and many, including the premier, are concerned about the future of our province. Here’s a look at some numbers and a suggestion on how to address the problem.
Commercial child care doesn’t work. Even the accountants say so.
New survey paints a grim picture for childcare in this province