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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.

Don Drummond

Don Drummond is a Stauffer-Dunning Fellow and Adjunct Professor at the School of Policy Studies at Queen’s University. In 2011-12, he served as Chair for the Commission on the Reform of Ontario’s Public Services. Its final report, released in February 2012, contained nearly four hundred recommendations to provide Ontarians with excellent and affordable public services.

Duncan Sinclair

Professor emeritus of Physiology, Dr. Sinclair was Queen’s Dean of Arts and Science (1974-83), Director General of Program Operations of the Medical Research Council of Canada (1983-4), Queen’s Vice-Principal Institutional Relations (1984-6), Operations (1986-8), Health Sciences and Dean, Faculty of Medicine (1988-96).

Philipp Gladkov

Philipp Gladkov is an M.P.A. graduate, Queen's University