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This area covers the impact of policies affecting Canadians’ health and long-term care choices and outcomes, for example regarding access to and quality of care, funding arrangements and incentives, pharmaceuticals policies, intergenerational equity considerations, and the impact of these choices on the public purse.

The Paradox of Productivity, Technology, and Innovation in Canadian Healthcare
May 23, 2017 - Ake Blomqvist and Colin Busby
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....
In Need of a Booster: How to Improve Childhood Vaccination Coverage in Canada
April 27, 2017 - Colin Busby, Aaron Jacobs and Ramya Muthukumaran
A vocal few Canadians hold anti-vaccine views, but they are not the main reason for insufficient childhood vaccination coverage across Canada, finds a new report from the C.D. Howe Institute. In “...
Integrated Funding: Connecting the Silos for the Healthcare We Need
January 17, 2017 - Jason Sutherland and Erik Hellsten
Canada needs to break down payment silos for more effective healthcare, according to a new report from the C.D. Howe Institute. In “Integrated Funding: Connecting the Silos for the Healthcare We Need...
Healthcare Spending Decelerating? Not so Fast!
September 7, 2016 - William B.P. Robson
Revised estimates for 2014 healthcare spending growth show increases larger than initially reported – which continues a worrisome trend, says a new C.D. Howe Institute report. In “Healthcare Spending...
Hold the Applause: Why Provincial Restraint on Healthcare Spending Might Not Last
August 9, 2016 - Colin Busby and Livio Di Matteo
There is no clear evidence that a lasting period of health spending restraint is underway, according to a new report from the C.D. Howe Institute. In “Hold the Applause: Why Provincial Restraint on...
The Naylor Report and Health Policy: Canada Needs a New Model
July 6, 2016 - Ake Blomqvist and Colin Busby
The federal government should recognize the limited success of past attempts to achieve healthcare reform with conditional transfers to the provinces and instead focus more on independent initiatives...
Covering drugs for young people isn’t the best way to fill gaps in health care: Toronto Star Op-Ed
Op-Ed
With much fanfare, Ontario’s 2017 budget announced the introduction of universal drug coverage, starting next January, for those under age 25. True, drugs are an important part of the problem in...
Blomqvist and Busby - It’s Time for Healthcare to Join the Productivity Parade
Intelligence Memos
From: Åke Blomqvist and Colin Busby To: Ministers of Health and Finance in Canada Date: July 14, 2017 Re: It’s Time for Healthcare to Join the Productivity Parade Slow productivity growth is an...
To fix health system we need to invite competition from private sector: Globe and Mail Op-Ed
Op-Ed
Until a few years ago, the main concern in the Canadian debate over health policy was how to control costs. When provinces managed to restrain health-care spending growth to an average rate below...
Besoin d’un rappel? Comment améliorer la couverture vaccinale des enfants au Canada
Research
Quelques Canadiens très bruyants s’opposent à la vaccination, mais ils ne constituent pas la principale raison de l’insuffisance de la couverture vaccinale, selon un nouveau rapport de l’Institut C...
Le rapport Naylor et les politiques en matière de santé : le Canada a besoin d’un nouveau modèle
Research
Le gouvernement fédéral devrait reconnaître le succès limité des tentatives précédentes de réforme des soins de santé par l’entremise de transferts conditionnels aux provinces et se pencher plutôt...
Le défi budgétaire de la population vieillissante : planifier les coûts des soins de santé au Québec
Research
Les Québécois traînent un fardeau fiscal évalué à 682 milliards de $, c.-à-d. les impôts additionnels qui devront être prélevés au cours du prochain demi-siècle pour faire face à l’augmentation des...
05 Oct 2017
Oct
05
  • High Stakes: Legalizing Cannabis in Canada
Roundtable Luncheon with The Hon. Anne McLellan, John Fowler and Russell Stanley
Toronto, 67 Yonge Street, Suite 300
Thursday, October 5, 2017,
12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
25 May 2017
May
25
  • Inside Access: The Paradox of Productivity, Technology, and Innovation in Canadian Healthcare
Conference Call with Åke Blomqvist, Adjunct Research Professor, Carleton University
Conference Call
Thursday, May 25, 2017,
11:00 am to 11:30 am
19 Jan 2017
Jan
19
  • Inside Access: Connecting the Silos for the Healthcare We Need
Conference Call with Jason Sutherland, Associate Professor, Centre for Health Services and Policy Research, UBC Faculty of Medicine; and Erik Hellsten, Manager of Strategy, Quality Standards, Health Quality Ontario
Conference Call
Thursday, January 19, 2017,
3:30 pm to 4:00 pm

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