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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.

Co-Chairs

Tom Closson
Tom Closson
Former President & CEO, Ontario Hospital Association; President and CEO, Tom Closson Consulting
Dr. Brian Postl
Dr. Brian Postl
Dean, Faculty of Medicine, University of Manitoba

Members

William Charnetski
William Charnetski
Chief Health Innovation Strategist for Ontario
Candace Chartier
Candace Chartier
CEO, Ontario Long Term Care Association
Denise Cloutier
Denise Cloutier
Directrice Nationale, Politiques Santé & Économiques, Pfizer Canada
Janet Davidson
Janet Davidson
Former Deputy Minister, Alberta Health
David Dodge
Former Governor, Bank of Canada; Senior Advisor, Bennett Jones LLP
Will Falk
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.
Kim Furlong
Kim Furlong
Director, Federal Government Affairs and Policy, Amgen Canada
Michael Green
Michael Green
President and CEO, Canada Health Infoway
Fred Horne
Fred Horne
Principal, Horne and Associates
Nicholas Kadysh
Public Policy Leader, GE Canada
Alok Kanti
Alok Kanti
President and CEO, Bayer Inc.
Jim Keon
Jim Keon
President, Canadian Generic Pharmaceutical Association
The Honourable Michael Kirby
The Honourable Michael Kirby
Chair , Partners for Mental Health
Britta Lesaux
Executive Director, Health Care Business Group, 3M Canada
David O’Toole
David O’Toole
President and CEO, Canadian Institute for Health Information
Christian Ouellet
Director of Government Affairs, Sandoz Canada Inc.
Sue Paish
President and CEO, Lifelabs
Ray Pisani
President and CEO, Alberta Blue Cross
John Rafferty
John Rafferty
President and CEO, Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB)
Erik Sande
Erik Sande
President, Medavie Health Services
Marcel Saulnier
Marcel Saulnier
Director General, Health Canada
Shirlee Sharkey
Shirlee Sharkey
President and CEO, Saint Elizabeth Health Care
Dr. Graham Sher
Dr. Graham Sher
CEO, Canadian Blood Services
Naseem Somani, CPA, CA
President & CEO, Dynacare
Cynthia Valaitis
President and CEO, HealthPro
Dr. David Walker
Dr. David Walker
FRCPC, Professor, Emergency Medicine, Family Medicine and Policy Studies, former Dean, Faculty of Health Sciences, Queen's University
Kevin Wark
Kevin Wark
President, The Conference for Advanced Life Underwriting
Janet Yale
President and CEO, The Arthritis Society
Jennifer Zelmer
President of Azimuth Health Group
Alberta Health
Cystic Fibrosis Canada
Toronto Central Local Health Integration Network
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