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The Canadian Alliance for Sustainable Health Care (CASHC)

The Canadian Alliance for Sustainable Health Care (CASHC) was created to respond to the reality that Canada’s current public health care system is fiscally unsustainable. With health care costs now consuming more than 40 per cent of all provincial government expenditures—a number that will soar as the years tick by—the fact is that we will not be able to preserve, let alone improve, the quality of our health care without major reforms.

Under this program, The Conference Board of Canada researches and analyzes the full range of issues, and options for solutions, for both governments and employers. This dual focus sets this initiative apart from other health care research, as does its scope. The research framework includes health care systemic challenges, as well as challenges related to institutional and professional competencies, and to governance. We leverage the quantitative analysis skills of our economic and forecast analysis team, together with the organizational performance and public policy expertise in other divisions of the Conference Board.

What’s New

Getting the Most Out of Health Care Teams—Recommendations for Action, March 2014

Smoking Cessation and the Workplace—Benefits of Workplace Programs, October 2013

Disability Management: Opportunities for Employer Action, October 2013

Future Care for Canadian Seniors: Why it Matters, October 2013

Creating an Effective Workplace Disability Management Program, October 2013

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Upcoming Events

  • May 6-7, 2014  "Nudging" Towards a Culture of Change, Ottawa
    In this meeting, we will explore how behavioural science could explain or be leveraged to “nudge” the general population towards healthier lifestyle choices which would in turn have an impact on our health care system. Two leading international thinkers on the subject will present.

    • Dr. Cass Sunstein, co-author of “NUDGE: Improving Decisions about Health, Wealth and Happiness” with Thaler. Dr. Sunstein served in the Obama administration as the Administrator of Information and Regulatory Affairs from 2009-2012. Sunstein’s scholarship spans five areas: behavioral economics and public policy, constitutional law and democratic theory, legal theory and jurisprudence, administrative law, and the regulation of risk. His work has received more national academic citations than any other professor alive today and his work continues to be viewed among the most prolific in this world today.

    • Dr. David Halpern, Chief Executive Officer, Behavioural Insights Team, Cabinet Office, Government of the United Kingdom leads the ‘Nudge Unit’ which applies insights from academic research in behavioural economics and psychology to public policy and services. In addition to heading the Behavioural Insights Team, Dr. Halpern is also currently supporting the Big Society and wellbeing agendas of the UK government. 

    In addition to the Canadian Alliance for Sustainable Health Care, three executive health-related networks at the Conference Board are collaborating on this meeting: Centre for the Advancement of Health Innovations, Council on Innovation Procurement in Health Care, and the Council on Workplace Health and Wellness.

    For more information, please contact Donna McLeod at

Upcoming Research

  • Health Care in Canada: An Economic Growth Engine
  • Sustainability—What Does This Mean for Canada's Health and Health Care Systems?
  • A Moving Target: Healthy Active Living in Canada
  • Paying Doctors to Keep Patients Well: Getting From Here to There
  • Improving Health Care Delivery Through Process Management
  • Future Care for Canadian Seniors
CASHC Brochure Download the CASHC brochure (PDF).

Téléchargez la brochure de l’ACSSD

Health Network Research Update

Benchmarking Health Care System Performance

Western Health Summit 2014

Join us May 21-22, 2014 in Edmonton as we build upon lessons learned and look towards the future sustainability of our health care system.

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