Managing health reform through an economic downturn – Nuffield Trust – 20 October 2011

Posted on October 21, 2011. Filed under: Health Economics, Health Mgmt Policy Planning | Tags: |

Managing health reform through an economic downturn – Nuffield Trust – 20 October 2011

“A study of the Canadian experience of managing health reform in a time of austerity suggests that this requires skilful political leadership and honesty with the public about the need for cuts.

In the 1990s, following an economic recession, many provincial Governments in Canada cut their health budgets while also implementing structural reform. To learn from Canada’s experience, the Nuffield Trust and the Canadian Health Services Research Foundation (CHSRF) held a joint seminar, which heard first-hand accounts from senior Canadian politicians, academics and policy-makers, and explored how Canada undertook major reforms to health services in the midst of a severe economic downturn.

Managing health reform through an economic downturn: Canada’s experience with deficit reduction, told through case studies of two provinces, by Nuffield Trust Senior Fellow Ruth Thorlby, is based on the presentations and discussions held at the seminar. It gives an account of the cost-saving measures that politicians and officials from Ontario and Saskatchewan implemented in response to Canada’s falling GDP (national income) at the beginning of the 1990s.”

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