How much does dying cost Canadians

Lisa Priest, The Globe and Mail

This article was part of the Globe’s in-depth series on the agonizing decisions surrounding end-of-life care in the 21st century.

Of all the financially grim statistics confronting Canadian health care, this ranks among the grimmest: about 25 per cent of all health-care costs are devoted to caring for patients in their last year of life. Provincial governments are scrambling to contain health-care spending, even as an aging population begins to place increasing demands on the system. Yet there is also a growing recognition among policy makers that the cannot make efficient spending decisions without a better understanding of the economics of death.