Bending the Cost Curve in Canadian Health Care: The Economics of Health

The Conference Board of Canada, October 25, 2016
Recorded Webinar
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Canadian provinces typically devote approximately 7.7 per cent of their GDP to health expenditures—a figure that some say could climb to around 10 per cent by 2030. However, we are not doing enough to prepare ourselves for the type of high acuity and cognitively impaired patients who will soon need long-term care, and which require different set of investments, capital stock, and health human resources than we currently deploy.

Currently, expenditure growth on public health care appears to be slowing, though it is unclear whether this slowdown is the result of the provinces’ success in sustainably bending the cost curve, or a result of short-term cost-cutting in response to reduced economic growth and federal health transfers. So where can we start? And what can be done to address this issue before it becomes a major crisis?

Free Book for all Participants!

Each registration includes a complimentary copy of Dr. Marchildon’s book, Bending the Cost Curve in Health Care: Canada’s Provinces in International Perspective.

Webinar Highlights

Join Greg Marchildon, Ontario Research Chair in Health Policy and System Design at the University of Toronto, as he discusses how although efficiencies and better value for money are important, fundamental reforms to the management and delivery of health services are also required, even if there is considerable controversy over the direction and details of the changes needed.

In this 60-minute webinar, you will learn about:

  • Factors to consider in bending the health cost curve
  • Pan-Canadian cost drivers, including political considerations
  • Provincial experiences in Canada
  • What Canada can learn from the international experience

About Greg

Photo of Greg MarchildonGreg Marchildon is the Ontario Research Chair in Health Policy and System Design at the University of Toronto’s Institute of Health, Policy and Evaluation with a cross-appointment as Professor in the School of Public Policy and Governance. He is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences and a member of the of the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies’ editorial board. After obtaining his PhD at the London School of Economics, he taught for five years at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies. He then served as Deputy Minister to the Premier and Cabinet Secretary in Saskatchewan and as Executive Director of the Royal Commission on the Future of Health Care in Canada.

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