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The Canadian Alliance for Sustainable Health Care (CASHC)

All Canadians have a relationship with the health system in one way or another. Despite significant increases in public funding and ongoing efforts to reform services all across the country, the state of health and health care is a top concern for Canadians. An absence of clear goals, a system designed for a previous era, inadequate use of innovative technologies and modern management tools, and a misalignment with the needs of an aging population are just some of the weaknesses of the status quo. 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.

Through CASHC, The Conference Board of Canada researches and analyzes the full range of issues and possible 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

Feeling at Home: A Survey of Canadians on Senior Care, July 28, 2016

This briefing looks at the results of a survey on future health care for Canada's growing population of seniors and draws important conclusions for government policy-makers, service providers, and individuals.

Financial Models and Fiscal Incentives: Proceedings From the Healthy Canada Conference, June 2016

This report summarizes the presentations and discussion from the first Healthy Canada conference—Financial Models and Fiscal Incentives in Health and Health Care—organized by the Canadian Alliance for Sustainable Health Care

Improving Access to Canadian Health Care: The Role of Tax Policies, May 2016

This research assesses several Canadian fiscal and tax policies related to health care. It examines their role in providing access to uninsured or underinsured health care services, and their costs in terms of foregone federal revenues.

Multiple Sclerosis in the Workplace: Supporting Successful Employment Experiences, May 2016

This report provides a high-level understanding of the MS experience in Canada as it pertains to employment issues, and describes the relative success of treatments and strategies to mitigate the impacts of the disease in the workplace. 

Canada’s Seniors Population Projection, April 2016

Canada’s Seniors Population: A 35 Year Projection by Province shows how the senior population and senior care—spending, employment, and caregivers—is expected to change in each province between 2011 and 2046.

Funding Canadian Health Care in 2035: Strategic Foresight Scenarios, March 2016

Based on two key drivers—technology uptake and funding expectations—this briefing lays out four divergent funding scenarios for 2035 and considers how a Canadian health care strategy might be shaped within the context of each of these futures.

Inclusive Growth: A New Approach to Economic Evaluation of Health Policy, March 2016

This report discusses the OECD's “inclusive growth” methodology—developed to evaluate policies based on their effects on aggregate living standards. This entails constructing an index of living standards that incorporates income, life expectancy, unemployment rates, and inequality. Unlike many indexes of well-being, the weighting between factors is based on willingness to sacrifice income to achieve a benchmark life expectancy and unemployment rate.

Healthy Brains at Work: Employer-Sponsored Mental Health Benefits and Programs, February 2016

The second report in CASHC's four-part Healthy Brains at Work research series explores employer-sponsored benefits and programs in Canada that address mental health conditions. It explores the guidelines and standards employers are using to implement their mental health strategy, reveals how these offerings differ among both employers and industries, and discusses the barriers and challenges employers encounter in implementing a mental health strategy or policy.

Moving Ahead: Workplace Interventions to Reduce Physical Inactivity and Sedentary Behaviour, December 2015

CASHC’s Moving Ahead series shows how physical inactivity and sedentary behaviour are costly to individuals, employers, and society. This final briefing in the series provides employers with organizational approaches to promote physical activity and reduce sedentary behaviour among employees.

Mapping the Journey: Success and Failure with Lean, November 2015

CASHC’s “Lean” in Canadian Health Care series introduces “Lean,” a relatively new approach that focuses on maximizing customer value by eliminating “waste” from workflow. Many Canadian health care organizations aspire to become Lean organizations, yet find the journey difficult. This final installment in the series explores the three levels of Lean, and the rewards and challenges of each.

Future Care for Canadian Seniors: A Status Quo Forecast, November 2015

A Status Quo Forecast is the second briefing in the Future Care for Canadian Seniors series. It highlights the pressing implications that the rising number of Canadian seniors who will need continuing care supports over the next few decades will have on public spending, the labour market, and institutional infrastructure.

The Footprint of Mental Health Conditions: Healthy Brains at Work, May 2015

The Footprint of Mental Health Conditions: Healthy Brains at Work is the first of a four-part series that explores the importance of addressing mental health and mental illnesses in Canadian workplaces.

Moving Ahead: Taking Steps to Reduce Physical Inactivity and Sedentary Behaviour, May 2015

The majority of Canadians are inactive and sedentary most of the time. This briefing outlines the criteria that decision-makers can use when planning strategies and programs to promote physical activity and deter excessive sedentary behaviour.

CASHC Brochure

CASHC Brochure Download the CASHC Brochure (PDF)

A Healthy Contribution

CASHC Brochure Download the CASHC Impact Report (PDF)

CASHC Conferences

Access to Affordable Medicines 
April 25-27, 2017
Old Mill Toronto
Stay tuned for additional details

Previous Healthy Canada conferences:


Canada’s Seniors Population Projection Data Visualization


Interprofessional Primary Health Care Teams: Interview

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