My good friend Nils Finne raised a question in the comments to this post about how well Canadian are doing at controlling health care costs. The answer is: not well. The chart is made from data presented by Towers Watson. The vertical axis is the growth in national medical spending minus the general inflation rate for the country (or average of countries). Canadian cost growth has been greater than US or an advanced country average over the last five years.
Canada is, of course, increasing health care costs from a lower base level of spending compared to the US (but not compared to other advanced countries). As someone who has spent a career inside the US health system, things look lean here. Nevertheless, if these data are correct, these are truly dangerous rates of growth in cost.