The Importance of Philanthropy in Healthcare
The recent introduction of virtual care, healthcare data management, and exploration of robotics, three-dimensional printing, nanotechnology and various connected devices into Canada’s healthcare system has allowed for tremendous strides in the delivery of care.
These advancements are not possible without private philanthropic contributions to the healthcare system. While the federal government supports the system with provincial transfer payments for healthcare, the system is largely reliant on these gifts.
This goes beyond purchasing new equipment and constructing new buildings.
Many Canadians are unaware of the fact that, in Canada, the salaries of scientists that support research and innovation come from philanthropy. There are few government-funded positions as scientists, and oftentimes, projects are not eligible to apply for operating grants unless the can demonstrate the full-time employment of a scientist.
In order to be innovative and maintain a system that can support the complex needs of Canadians, philanthropy must exist. The Schroeder Foundation has contributed to this system but cannot bear the weight alone – Canadians must step up and provide philanthropic support to the system we rely so heavily upon.