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May 23, 2017

The current methods of paying healthcare providers do not encourage systematic consideration of cost-effectiveness in the selection of treatment or new technologies, finds a new report from the C.D. Howe Institute. In The Paradox of Productivity, Technology, and Innovation in Canadian Healthcare, authors Åke Blomqvist and Colin Busby analyze the role of healthcare technology and innovation as drivers of the nation’s productivity performance, and find that a more efficient healthcare sector could be an important source of productivity growth for Canada.

Åke Blomqvist
Åke Blomqvist, Adjunct Research Professor, Carleton University, Fellows-in-Residence

Health Policy Scholar, C.D. Howe Institute

Åke Blomqvist received his undergraduate education in his native Sweden, and a PhD from Princeton University in 1971. He is Professor Emeritus at the University of Western Ontario where he taught between 1968 and 2002.

Colin Busby
Colin Busby, Former Associate Director, Research,

Colin Busby was awarded the 2007 C.D. Howe Research Fellowship and joined the Institute as an analyst thereafter. While writing broadly on economic issues, his emphasis is on fiscal and social policy. Appointed Associate Director of Research in 2016, Colin focuses his attention on the Institute’s healthcare policy and human capital research.