Accelerating Healthcare Improvement in Canada: A Review of Policy Options to Sustain, Improve and Transform Healthcare – Canadian Health Services Research Foundation – 13 March 2013

Posted on April 2, 2013. Filed under: Health Economics, Health Systems Improvement | Tags: |

Accelerating Healthcare Improvement in Canada: A Review of Policy Options to Sustain, Improve and Transform Healthcare – Canadian Health Services Research Foundation – 13 March 2013

Extract from the Key Messages:

“In Canada and around the world, health expenditures have been rising at a faster rate than GDP growth. The rate of growth in health care spending has raised concerns in policy discourse about the financial sustainability of Canada’s publicly-financed healthcare systems and other public healthcare spending.

The Canadian Health Services Research Foundation (CHSRF) – now known as the Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement (CFHI) – embarked on an initative commissioned by Health Canada referred to as Healthcare FiT (Financing, innovation and Transformation) in 2011 to synthesize evidence on cost drivers, options to improve efficiency, extend financing and to examine health system transformation in Canada. The information contained in this report is meant to provide a preliminary overview and analysis of options that can be further explored and advanced to support improvement initiatives that aim to change the ways in which healthcare in Canada is organized, financed, managed and delivered.

The analysis of the Healthcare FiT inititative suggests that there are many unique policy options available at different levels of decision-making. This report focuses on four areas of health system design covered by the analysis: physician remuneration, hospital funding, pharmaceutical pricing and reimbursement, and options to extend financing where gaps exist in public insurance coverage.”

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