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October 15, 2020

October 15, 2020—Healthcare is approaching a critical juncture. Will it follow the path of yesteryear where fiscal expediencies drive a cost-cutting agenda regardless of outcomes, effectiveness and efficiency? Or will Canada come together and develop a consensus on a more sensible way to promote the health of the population and take better care of vulnerable people in need?

In a joint submission to the C.D. Howe Institute Conference “Change Accelerator: A Post-COVID Healthcare Reform Agenda,” held on September 30, 2020, Don Drummond and Duncan Sinclair argue that health and healthcare’s stakeholders – providers, practitioners and patients – must step forward to lead the process of reform.

For more information contact: Don Drummond, Stauffer-Dunning Fellow, Queen’s University; Dr. Duncan Sinclair, Distinguished Fellow, School of Policy Studies, Queen’s University; or David Blackwood, Communications Officer, C.D. Howe Institute, 416-873-6168 email dblackwood@cdhowe.org

The C.D. Howe Institute is an independent not-for-profit research institute whose mission is to raise living standards by fostering economically sound public policies. Widely considered to be Canada's most influential think tank, the Institute is a trusted source of essential policy intelligence, distinguished by research that is nonpartisan, evidence-based and subject to definitive expert review.

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

Duncan is a 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).