The administration of the health system on P.E.I. eats up a much larger chunk of public health care expenditures than it does in any other province, according to a report from the Canadian Institute for Health Information.

At 7.5 per cent, the proportion of health expenditures on P.E.I. spent on administration is up to five times higher than what other Atlantic provinces spend.

  • Nova Scotia: 2.8 per cent.
  • New Brunswick: 1.7 per cent.
  • Newfoundland and Labrador: 1.4 per cent.

Additional information from the Canadian Institute for Health Information breaks down P.E.I.'s administrative expenditures as follows: $16.5 million from the provincial government plus $36.3 million from the federal direct government sector.

P.E.I. health spending at more than $6K per person

The report shows P.E.I. is spending slightly more than the national average on health care.

It pegs P.E.I.'s spending at $6,352 per resident, while the national per capita cost is $6,105.

Public and private spending on health in the province comes to $939 million a year. The biggest chunk of that — about $307 million — is spent in hospitals.

Public-sector funding includes payments by governments at the federal, provincial or territorial and municipal levels, and by workers' compensation boards and other social security schemes, according to the report.

Private-sector funding consists primarily of health expenditures by households and private insurance firms.


  • This story previously reported $939 million as the public health care budget. In fact, that is the combined private and public health care spending.
    Oct 29, 2015 1:32 PM AT
  • A previous version of this story incorrectly attributed the expenditures to the P.E.I. budget. In fact, these are total expenditures on health care made by all levels of government and the workers' compensation board on P.E.I.
    Oct 30, 2015 5:09 PM AT