Many parts of the excalating cost and bleak outlook are all a result of the US and the effect they have on Canada's available doctors and nurses.
If you seriously believe this do you have any evidence to back up your claim? The standard of living of doctors has not been rising at a rate noticeably faster than the typical Canadian from what I have seen, which would indicate to me that there brain drain was playing a fairly minor role in the increase in the cost of healthcare ...
In contrast, where doctors used to use an X-Ray for in the 1960s (at a cost of roughly $250 when adjusted for inflation) they are now using multiple X-Rays and a MRI to diagnose (at a cost of over $2,500) ... The same can be said about othi diagnostic tools (like blood tests); antibotics, pain killers, and other drugs; and even things like patients expecting their own room full of the luxury electronics they have at home has a greater impact on the cost of healthcare.