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Paying for the Boomers: Long-Term Care and Intergenerational Equity
September 17, 2014 - Ake Blomqvist and Colin Busby

Provincial governments should not expand public healthcare to cover the growing costs of long-term care (LTC), according to a new C.D. Howe Institute report. In “Paying for the Boomers: Long-Term...

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...

Long-Term Care for the Elderly: Challenges and Policy Options
November 8, 2012 - Ake Blomqvist and Colin Busby

Innovative reforms are needed to prepare for the coming surge in demand for long-term care services from aging babyboomers, according to a report released today by the C.D. Howe Institute. In “...

Grey Zones: Emerging Issues at the Boundaries of the Canada Health Act
April 26, 2012 - Gerard W. Boychuk

Greater clarity is needed in the controversial  “grey zones” of the Canada Health Act to contribute to the quality of public debate and advance  healthcare reform, according to a new...

Better Value for Money in Healthcare: European Lessons for Canada
January 31, 2012 - Ake Blomqvist and Colin Busby

Canada’s provinces could learn from the Dutch and UK models as they seek better value for money in healthcare delivery, according to a new report from the C.D. Howe Institute. In Better Value...

April 15, 2011 - Colin Busby and William B.P. Robson

The cost of provincial pharmacare is set to rise precipitously, with spending on Ontario’s drug benefit plan for seniors projected to increase from about 1 percent of provincial income to a full 5...

Farah Omran - Life after OHIP+
Intelligence Memos
From: Farah Omran To: Canada’s healthcare officials and policymakers Date: October 25, 2017 Re: Life after OHIP+ Ontario’s 2017 budget announced a universal drug program for youth under the age of 25...
Breaking Down Canada’s Health-Care Silos: More Money Isn’t the Answer: Globe and Mail Op-Ed
Since December, Canadians have been treated to the spectacle of provincial and territorial health ministers squabbling with their federal counterparts for more health-care dollars. As they argue over...
Bill Robson - Fairer Taxation of Canadians’ Medical Expenses
Intelligence Memos
To: Canada’s Minister of Finance From: Bill Robson Date: January 23, 2017 Re: Fairer Taxation of Canadians’ Medical Expenses Your government is reviewing many aspects of Canada’s tax system,...

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