Canada’s rising healthcare costs are creating increasing pressure on families, practitioners, enterprises, and governments at every level.
The C.D. Howe Institute has launched a new healthcare reform initiative to increase the capacity of governments and stakeholders to make evidence-based decisions on key health issues.
The Institute’s healthcare reform initiative consists of:
- The engagement of a health policy scholar, professor Åke Blomqvist, who will work with the Institute’s in-house researchers to guide health policy research and dissemination;
- Increased emphasis on health policy publications in our research program. The first paper in this new series, “Chronic Spending Healthcare Disease,” co-written by David Dodge and Richard Dion, received significant attention in the recent federal election. Other recent policy work includes “Critical Condition: A Historian’s Prognosis on Canada’s Aging Healthcare System” by Michael Bliss; “A Social Insurance Model for Pharmacare: Ontario’s Options for a More Sustainable, Cost-Effective Drug Program”; and “Fatal Flaws: Assessing Quebec’s Failed Health Deductible Proposal,” by Mark Stabile and Sevil N-Marandi;
- A major conference on Health Technology Assessment to inform funding decisions of provincial governments across Canada;
- An expanded series of healthcare reform policy roundtables and conferences across Canada. The program will enlist top practitioners, policymakers and thought-leaders in a series of discussions in such key issues as pharmaceutical policy; supporting innovation and R&D; the role for private sector involvement; re-evaluating current financing and regulation; and other critical topics.