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Increasing Physical Activity and Reducing Sedentary Behaviour Matters!

February 28, 2017

Thy Dinh
Director
Health Economics and Policy
Abhi Bhandari
Research Associate
Health Economics and Policy

The Conference Board of Canada’s Canadian Alliance for Sustainable Health Care began work in the area of healthy active living through our Moving Ahead research series with a forecast of the health ...

The Value of Physician Assistants in the Canadian Health Care System

November 18, 2016

Thy Dinh
Director
Health Economics and Policy

In Canada, physician assistants (PA) are a relatively new health provider group despite having a long history of involvement with the Canadian military and abroad. PAs are largely unregulated in Canada, with the exception of Manitoba and New Brunswick.

In two recent ...

Let’s Get Physical: Improving Healthy Active Living for All

November 02, 2016

Abhi Bhandari
Research Associate
Health Economics and Policy
Thy Dinh
Director
Health Economics and Policy

Canadians of all ages are being negatively impacted by physical inactivity and sedentary behaviour. It remains a critical public health issue. For example:

  • Only one in five adults meet the Canadian Physical ...

Home and Community Care Costs: Two Sides of the Affordability Coin

October 07, 2016

Brent DowDall
Senior Manager, Research and Business Development
Forecasting and Analysis

Services Are Affordable for Those Who Obtain Them, but Costs Are a Barrier to Access

Home and community care is becoming a more important priority in the lives of Canadians, as seniors make up a growing share of ...

Preparing for the Future Care Needs of Canadian Seniors: The Challenges and Opportunities

September 30, 2016

Thy Dinh
Director
Health Economics

Canada’s aging boomers will need a great deal of support as they move through their golden years. This help will come from a variety of sources, including care provided by family, friends, and volunteers, and in places such as long-term care facilities, the home, ...

Managing Mobility: Addressing Transportation Needs of Seniors

September 30, 2016

Daniel Munro

Associate Director
Public Policy

In 2015, Canada was home to nearly 5.8 million seniors (age 65+), or 16 per cent of the country’s total population. By 2025, more than one in five Canadians (20.7 per cent) will be seniors, and nearly one in four (24.4 per cent) will be in ...

Losing Sleep Over Inactivity Among Canadian Children and Youth

July 25, 2016

Brent DowDall
Senior Manager, Research and Business Development
Forecasting and Analysis

The old phrase “sleep is for the weak” has it backwards—it may be the lack of sleep that’s getting people down. Children’s sleep duration has decreased by 30–60 minutes over the last decade, and depending on the age, ...

Carrots Versus Sticks: Optimizing Financial Incentives in Health Care

July 08, 2016

Brent DowDall
Senior Manager, Research and Business Development
Forecasting and Analysis

Like many long-established businesses, the Canadian health care industry is in need of a strategic rethink of its operating and funding models. Just as established businesses and industries have to deal with demand for new products and services, ...

Do Coping Skills Impact a Worker’s Productivity?

June 24, 2016

Photo of Bill Howatt Dr. Bill Howatt PH.D., Ed.D. (guest author)
Chief Research & Development Officer
Workforce Productivity
Morneau Shepell

Helping move employees out of a negative mental health state can be a win-win for both the employer and the employee. An employee may become healthier, and the employer may see ...

Value-Based Procurement: The New Health Care Imperative

March 15, 2016

Gabriela Prada Gabriela Prada
Director
Health, Innovation, Policy and Evaluation

Despite heroic efforts to control health care costs, Canada is still among the countries with the highest health care expenditures. In 2013, Canada spent 10.2 per cent of its GPD on health care, which was above the average of its peer OECD ...

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