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This area covers the impact of policies affecting Canadians’ health and long-term care choices and outcomes, for example regarding access to and quality of care, funding arrangements and incentives, pharmaceuticals policies, intergenerational equity considerations, and the impact of these choices on the public purse.

National Priorities 2016
March 3, 2016
The National Priorities 2016 series provides a high level overview of key issues that the federal and provincial governments need to address, and provides an opportunity to highlight policy...
Challenging Vested Interests: National Priorities for Healthcare in 2016
January 20, 2016 - Ake Blomqvist and Colin Busby
Canadian governments must rethink healthcare on five areas of national priority, according to a new report from the C.D. Howe Institute. In “Challenging Vested Interests: National Priorities for...
Shifting Towards Autonomy: A Continuing Care Model for Canada
January 19, 2016 - Ake Blomqvist and Colin Busby
Canadians would benefit from a new funding model for elder care, finds a new report from the C.D. Howe Institute. In “Shifting Towards Autonomy: A Continuing Care Model for Canada,” authors Åke...
Measuring Outcomes in the Canadian Health Sector: Driving Better Value from Healthcare
November 12, 2015 - Irfan Dhalla, Jeremy Veillard, Niek Klazinga and Omid Fekri
While Canada has a well-established tradition of transparency and accountability for health-system performance comparisons, few measures of outcomes are reported, according to a new report from the C...
Feasible Pharmacare in the Federation: A Proposal to Break the Gridlock
October 21, 2015 - Ake Blomqvist and Colin Busby
An expanded federal role in financing pharmacare would set the stage for wider coverage and greater cooperation in drug pricing, states a new report from the C.D. Howe Institute. In “Feasible...
Missed Connections: The Adoption of Information Technology in Canadian Healthcare
March 26, 2015 - Denis Protti
Despite ambitious efforts to implement Electronic Health Record (EHR) systems, the level of health information exchanged across organizations and care settings in Canada is lagging, according to a...
Busby and Blomqvist - Here's a better plan for OHIP +
Intelligence Memos
From: Colin Busby and Åke Blomqvist To: Charles Sousa, Ontario Minister of Finance Date: August 4, 2017 Re: Here’s a better plan for OHIP + With much fanfare, Ontario’s 2017 budget announced the...
Covering drugs for young people isn’t the best way to fill gaps in health care: Toronto Star Op-Ed
Op-Ed
With much fanfare, Ontario’s 2017 budget announced the introduction of universal drug coverage, starting next January, for those under age 25. True, drugs are an important part of the problem in...
Blomqvist and Busby - It’s Time for Healthcare to Join the Productivity Parade
Intelligence Memos
From: Åke Blomqvist and Colin Busby To: Ministers of Health and Finance in Canada Date: July 14, 2017 Re: It’s Time for Healthcare to Join the Productivity Parade Slow productivity growth is an...
 L’affaire des médecins disparus du Québec : comment améliorer l’accès aux soins
Research
En dépit du fait que la province compte plus de médecins de famille par tête que bien d’autres endroits, le Québec accuse du retard par rapport à l’Ontario et à l’Europe occidentale en ce qui...
La gestion des coûts des soins de santé pour une population vieillissante : le défi fiscal que le Québec n’a pas encore relevé
Research
Les Québécois portent un lourd fardeau financier de 768 milliards de dollars – la facture d’impôt la plus élevée pour l’augmentation des dépenses de santé au cours du prochain demi-siècle – et...
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25 May 2017
May
25
  • Inside Access: The Paradox of Productivity, Technology, and Innovation in Canadian Healthcare
Conference Call with Åke Blomqvist, Adjunct Research Professor, Carleton University
Conference Call
Thursday, May 25, 2017, 11:00 am to 11:30 am
19 Jan 2017
Jan
19
  • Inside Access: Connecting the Silos for the Healthcare We Need
Conference Call with Jason Sutherland, Associate Professor, Centre for Health Services and Policy Research, UBC Faculty of Medicine; and Erik Hellsten, Manager of Strategy, Quality Standards, Health Quality Ontario
Conference Call
Thursday, January 19, 2017, 3:30 pm to 4:00 pm
17 Jan 2017
Jan
17
  • Dr. Bob Bell, Deputy Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, Ontario
Roundtable Luncheon - The Patients First Act: A Vision for Accountable Care
Toronto, 67 Yonge Street, Suite 300
Tuesday, January 17, 2017, 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
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