Canada’s healthcare systems are under increasing pressure: a rapidly aging population, new demands for services, fiscal challenges, and awkward interfaces between publicly and privately funded services are among the challenges to which Canadians must adapt. Sound research and advice from independent sources will be integral to achieving desirable policy outcomes. The C.D. Howe Institute’s Healthcare Policy Initiative is a four-year program to produce research, analysis and events to raise the level of debate around Canadian healthcare and to help motivate policy improvements. The program will address critical issues such as: international lessons on financing and incentives; defining the services provided under public plans; incentives and funding arrangements for hospitals and healthcare providers; federal and provincial policy on pharmaceuticals; options for primary-care reform; access and quality of care. As with all the Institute’s work, the program aims to provide research that is rigorous, evidence-based, and peer-reviewed, recommendations that are relevant, constructive, and timely, and communications that are clear, authoritative and practical.


Tom Closson

Principal, Tom Closson Consulting; Former President & CEO, Ontario Hospital Association
Dr. Brian Postl

Dr. Brian Postl

Dean, Faculty of Medicine, University of Manitoba


David Dodge

Former Governor, Bank of Canada; Senior Advisor, Bennett Jones LLP

Chris Donnelly

VP & Counsel, Industry, Regulatory and Government Affairs, Manulife Financial
Will Falk

Executive-in-Residence, Think Research
Stephen Frank

Stephen Frank

President, Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association Inc.

Neil Fraser

President, Medtronic of Canada Ltd.
Michael Green

Michael Green

President and CEO, Canada Health Infoway

Sandra Hanna

Neighbourhood Pharmacy Association of Canada

Jon Hantho

President and CEO, CBI Health Group

Steven Hogue

Associate Director, Federal Relations, Pfizer Canada

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