By Bridget McCann, Dalhousie University

Do you know where governments can get the best bang for the buck to improve health? All of the evidence points to investing in social supports. That’s why Canadian governments need to monitor how much they spend on things like housing, poverty reduction, and child care relative to medical care.

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"A series of studies spanning Canada, the United States, and other developed nations have cast the spotlight on a compelling metric — the ratio of social expenditures to expenditures on medical care — and its profound link to health outcomes."

— Bridget McCann