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Health Cost Issues Not Unique to US

*United Kingdom*

‘Health tourists’ face crackdown under new proposals
BBC News reports that visitors to the UK could be required to hold health insurance before they can enter the country, the government says. The move is an attempt to crack down on “health tourists” who come for treatment but fail to pay for it.
BBC News, February 26, 2010
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/8539014.stm

Scotland’s care system ‘unsustainable’ due to funding cuts, says Cosla chief.
The Scotsman reports that funding shortfalls will make Scotland’s health and social care system unsustainable, a local authority chief has warned. Pat Watters, president of the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (Cosla), said the cost of meeting the needs of the ageing population was an urgent issue for councils amid expected falls in funding.
The Scotsman, February 27, 2010
http://news.scotsman.com/health/Scotland39s-care-system-39unsustainable39-due.6110135.jp

Australia

AMA to announce war on waste
Ninemsn.com reports that Australia’s peak medical body will launch a “war on waste” campaign to improve Queensland’s hospital system. Australian Medical Association Queensland President Dr Mason Stevenson says doctors, including high ranking clinicians from Queensland Health, have worked together over four weeks to identify flaws in the way money and resources have been distributed.
Ninemsn.com, February 26, 2010
http://news.ninemsn.com.au/health/1017491/ama-to-announce-war-on-waste

Health Spending Gets $2B Increase to 2013
Health care is projected to become 42% of the Canadian province’s budget in the next 3 years. [ Victoria Times Colonist | Mar 3,

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March 3, 2010 - Posted by | Cost, healthcare | , ,

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