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Filling the Cavities: Improving the Efficiency and Equity of Canada’s Dental Care System
May 3, 2018 - Ake Blomqvist and Frances Woolley

Lack of access to even urgent dental care for many people with low income, seniors and others is a problem that could be solved with a “public option” for dental insurance, according to a new...

The Case of the  Vanishing Quebec  Physicians: How to  Improve Access to Care
May 27, 2014 - Claude E. Forget

Despite having more family physicians per capita than many other jurisdictions, Quebec lags Ontario and Western Europe when it comes to access to primary care, according to a report from the C.D....

Capturing Value from Health Technologies in Lean Times
December 18, 2013 - Ake Blomqvist, Colin Busby and Don Husereau

In budget-constrained times, adopting new drugs or medical technology is a high-stakes challenge that requires a comprehensive, balanced approach, according to a report released today by the C.D....

Accountability and Access to Medical Care: Lessons from the Use of Capitation Payments in Ontario
November 19, 2013 - Ake Blomqvist, Boris Krajl and Jasmin Kantarevic

Ontario healthcare reforms have made headway in improving access to primary care by implementing the “capitation” model where doctors are paid mainly for a roster of patients rather than fee-for-...

Rethinking Pharmacare in Canada
June 13, 2013 - Jamie Daw, Michael Law and Steven Morgan


Canada’s provincial pharmacare systems have flaws not found in other developed countries that could be addressed by integrating prescription drug coverage into the broader healthcare...

Rosalie Wyonch - Mental Health Care (or Lack Thereof) in Canada
Intelligence Memos
From: Rosalie Wyonch To: Health Policymakers across Canada Date: May 11, 2018 Re: Mental Health Care (or lack thereof) in Canada Mental health and addiction disorders are both common and costly....
Busby and Blomqvist - Here's a better plan for OHIP +
Intelligence Memos
From: Colin Busby and Åke Blomqvist To: Charles Sousa, Ontario Minister of Finance Date: August 4, 2017 Re: Here’s a better plan for OHIP + With much fanfare, Ontario’s 2017 budget announced the...
Covering drugs for young people isn’t the best way to fill gaps in health care: Toronto Star 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...
 L’affaire des médecins disparus du Québec : comment améliorer l’accès aux soins
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...

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