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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...
Ian Irvine - More Action Needed on the Cannabis File
Intelligence Memos
From: Ian Irvine To: Ontario Premier Doug Ford Date: August 31, 2018 Re: More Action Needed on the Cannabis File Ontario Premier Doug Ford should be congratulated for improving Ontario’s marijuana...
William B.P. Robson - Phantom Savings – Why National Pharmacare Will Not Displace Public Employee Drug Plans
Intelligence Memos
From: William B.P. Robson To: Canada’s Health and Finance Ministers Date: August 27, 2018 Re: Phantom Savings – Why National Pharmacare Will Not Displace Public Employee Drug Plans Pharmacare is a...
Doug Ford almost got it right on cannabis - Globe and Mail Op-Ed
Op-Ed
Ontario Premier Doug Ford should be congratulated for improving Ontario’s marijuana market structure last week. He decided to privatize the retailing of marijuana in the province. That decision...
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...
 L’affaire des médecins disparus du Québec : comment améliorer l’accès aux soins
Research
En dépit du fait que la province compte plus de médecins de famille par tête que bien d’autres endroits, le Québec accuse du retard par rapport à l’Ontario et à l’Europe occidentale en ce qui...
La gestion des coûts des soins de santé pour une population vieillissante : le défi fiscal que le Québec n’a pas encore relevé
Research
Les Québécois portent un lourd fardeau financier de 768 milliards de dollars – la facture d’impôt la plus élevée pour l’augmentation des dépenses de santé au cours du prochain demi-siècle – et...
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  • Drug Pricing and the Appropriate Federal Role in Pharmacare
Webinar with Åke Blomqvist, Health Policy Scholar, C.D. Howe Institute; Adjunct Research Professor, Carleton University
Tuesday, May 1, 2018, 2:00 pm to 2:45 pm
26 Apr 2018
Apr
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  • Inside Access: Not Just for Kids: How to Improve Adult Vaccination Uptake in Canada
Conference Call with Rosalie Wyonch, Policy Analyst, C.D. Howe Institute
Conference Call
Thursday, April 26, 2018, 3:00 pm to 3:30 pm
05 Apr 2018
Apr
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  • Inside Access: Healthcare Costs in Canada: Stopping Bad News Getting Worse
Conference Call with William Robson, President and CEO, C.D. Howe Institute
Conference Call
Thursday, April 5, 2018, 3:00 pm to 3:30 pm

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