A Road Map to Health System Sustainability: A Clear Imperative to Enhance Health

The Conference Board of Canada, September 26, 2017
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According to the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI), total health expenditure in Canada was estimated at $228.1 billion, or $6,299 per Canadian in 2016, representing 11.1 per cent of total gross domestic product (GDP). Of these costs, hospitals, physicians, and drugs account for the largest share of dollars spent. However, health expenditures per capita have decreased by an average of 0.1 per cent per year since 2010).

As other similar countries spend far less on health care for equal or better health outcomes and system performance, the Conference Board of Canada launched the Canadian Alliance for Sustainable Health Care, a program that calls for increased prevention efforts, innovation in disease management, addressing the growing demand future care, and the need to address existing socio-economic factors.

Join us for a 60 minute webinar in which Louis Theriault, presents findings from the Conference Board’s A Roadmap to Health System Sustainability: CASHC Compendium Report, 2011-2016. and other research and dialogue on health, wellness, and health care, within the context of sustainability. Based on four guiding principles of health and health system sustainability—accountability for results, value for money, fair and timely access, and appropriateness. This research aims to help Canadian leaders and the public better understand the conditions under which Canada’s health care system can be sustained (both financially and more broadly), improve the functioning of both the Canadian health system as a whole and health care practices within firms and organizations, help close research gaps, and bring value to the national discussion health care sustainability.

Webinar Highlights

In this session, Louis discusses:

  • Solutions for improving Canada’s future health and health care systems
  • Effective disease prevention and health promotion are essential to supporting sustainable health and health care
  • Innovation in health include new approaches to funding, services delivery, and infrastructure
  • The workplace has a 60 per cent higher prevalence rate of mental health disorders than the general population - absenteeism and disability leaves represent significant costs to Canada’s economy
  • Technology has a huge transformative potential—and growing impact— on our health care system
  • Social factors that impact downstream costs will continue to impact overall health system sustainability
  • Canadian workplaces will increasingly be affected by the demands placed on unpaid caregivers

About Louis

Louis Thériault is the Vice-President, Industry Strategy and Public Policy for The Conference Board of Canada. Louis joined the Conference Board of Canada in 1997, where he specializes in economic and policy analysis. He is currently responsible for research and networks in the areas of national security and public safety, health, energy, environment and transportation policy, science technology and innovation, food, and the Centre for the North.

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