No easy answer for cost conundrum

Employers struggle to fund current health benefits, never mind making up for public system shortfalls
By Jacqueline Taggart
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 05/21/2004

It seems that every day there’s another headline in the newspaper or a lead story on the dinner-time news about problems with Canada’s health-care system.

And with all the media attention on the already bad and worsening problems in the public system, it seems logical that employers would be expected to pick up the slack by making improvements to the offerings provided through private benefit plans. But not so.

In the past few years, provincial governments have had to pick up an ever-growing share of the tab for public health care.