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Public Homecare Expenditures in Canada


  • Livio Di Matteo
  • Rosanna Di Matteo


An examination of Canadian provincial government homecare expenditures finds wide differences in real per capita public homecare expenditures. The key determinants of real per capita provincial public homecare expenditures are real provincial per capita income, variables representing the proportion of the provincial population aged 65 and older, real per capita federal health transfers and the proportion of provincial GDP devoted to health expenditures. Public homecare expenditures are income elastic and sensitive to the growth of the elderly population and are projected to increase substantially by 2005. The evidence suggests that increasing federal transfers to the provinces would not be the most effective means to boost public homecare expenditures given different provincial homecare program responses.

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  • Livio Di Matteo & Rosanna Di Matteo, 2001. "Public Homecare Expenditures in Canada," Canadian Public Policy, University of Toronto Press, vol. 27(3), pages 313-333, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:cpp:issued:v:27:y:2001:i:3:p:313-333

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