While I generally admired Ralph Klein, one comment he made a few years back was that the government's share of health care cost increases should be limited to inflation. While I don't work in the health care field and have no great like or dislike of our system (except it's better than the US's system), years later that comment irritates me and worries me that the average busy person might, in a weak moment, agree.
Now, since I was a little kid I've heard about the various effects the aging baby boom population was going to have on Canada. It's probably been a widely known issue since the early 1960s, almost five decades, so for year after year after year anyone with a brain has known that health care costs would start to rise right about now. (Of course, anyone that takes just a moment to think about it will also realize that much of the rising expenditure will circulate right back into the economy as salaries and domestic purchases. Pretty stable ones at that. Hopefully technology will cut core costs but technology can't be relied upon.)
So, how can anyone then say with a straight face, that healthcare costs should now start to increase at no more than the inflation rate? The older age cohorts will double in size in a few short years!!! When you know for about 50-years that a problem is on the horizon and you do nothing and then say health care costs are rising at an unreasonable rate - what's wrong with that picture?