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March 29, 2022

​​​​​​Fixing, Funding, and Reforming Health Services

  • A serious conversation about fundamental changes required to tackle rising cost pressures in Canadian healthcare is long overdue. A new C.D. Howe Institute study demonstrates the importance of controlling Canada’s healthcare costs and improving its efficiency, unless we are prepared to fund the rapidly increasing cost burden. 
  • Without significant changes to the approach taken in healthcare, estimates of spending scenarios in the next 15 years peg the possible cost ballooning to $180.7 billion in excess of revenue growth. Even after the COVID-19 related budget impact, signs continue to point to an increase in cost – pharmacare and dental care are prime examples – which requires examining how it will be funded, and how it can be controlled.
  • “This approach has yet to be implemented in any serious way in this country,” says Sinclair. A fundamental shift in approach now may be the antidote needed to ease the healthcare cost squeeze in the future.
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).