ARCHIVED - Annex 1 The Business Case

 

The business case for ActNowBC was made most compelling by one “killer slide” below. It showed that without any new actions to promote health and prevent disease (i.e. maintaining the status quo), by 2017, the BC Ministry of Health would require 71.3% of the total budget of the government, increased from 41.6% in 2005-2006. The budget projection was based on three assumptions:

  1. The Ministry of Health budget would continue to grow at a rate of approximately 8% annually, a rate well above the average gross domestic product (GDP) annual growth rate of 3%.
  2. The budget of the second largest ministry, the Ministry of Education, would keep pace with the average GDP annual growth rate, thus steadily accounting for approximately 27% of all government spending.
  3. Taxation levels would be constant.
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The figure above represents the powerpoint slide that public health officials used to present the business case for ActNowBC. It showed that without any new actions to promote health and prevent disease (i.e. maintaining the status quo), by 2017, the BC Ministry of Health would require 71.3% of the total budget of the government, increased from 41.6% in 2005-2006. The budget projection was based on three assumptions:

1. The Ministry of Health budget would continue to grow at a rate of approximately 8% annually, a rate well above the average gross domestic product (GDP) annual growth rate of 3%.

2.The budget of the second largest ministry, the Ministry of Education, would keep pace with the average GDP annual growth rate, thus steadily accounting for approximately 27% of all government spending.

3.Taxation levels would be constant.

Based on these assumptions the figure shows that other spending (other than for the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Education) would reach zero by 2017-2018.

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