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February 25, 2015

A better mix of public and private funding in the healthcare system could reduce coverage gaps, as well as create incentives for politicians and bureaucrats to manage the public system more efficiently, according to a new report from the C.D. Howe Institute. In “Rethinking Canada’s Unbalanced Mix of Public and Private Healthcare: Insights from Abroad,” authors Åke Blomqvist and Colin Busby make the case for  policies that allow private health insurance and services outside the provincial plans to play a somewhat larger role than they currently do, along lines similar to those healthcare systems found in Europe and elsewhere.

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.