August 10, 2021
Canada Needs a Broader Vision of Healthcare
- Canada needs a broader vision of healthcare that balances restoring health, the current focus, with promoting health, according to a working paper released by the C.D. Howe Institute.
- Authors Don Drummond, Duncan Sinclair and Philipp Gladkov discuss how this balance can be corrected, while consolidating Canada's fragmented health data and information.
- The authors call for striking a balance between the two objectives, with policies and/or practices/procedures based on data that assess the health status of individuals and populations in all their diversity throughout the length and breadth of the country.
- Drummond, Sinclair and Gladkov also point out that the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) and Statistics Canada are well-suited to play leading roles in developing methodologies for aggregating, analyzing, and reporting on the information that governments and others will need to reshape policies and protocols. Their combined mandates enable unique partnerships with federal, provincial, and territorial ministries of health, as well as a broad range of health organizations and partners.