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Canada 2020 Policy Lab: The National Pharmacare Initiative

On May 29th, Canada 2020 is convening a full-day session on National Pharmacare, in response to the government’s Budget 2018 commitment to create an Advisory Council on the Implementation of National Pharmacare. In the Budget, the government cites the high costs of drugs and the statistic that one in ten Canadians cannot afford the prescription drugs they need as reasons why a National Pharmacare plan is needed.

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Canada 2020 Health Summit Report

The full conference report for Canada 2020’s Healthcare Summit, which took place November 30 – December 1, 2015 in Ottawa. The event is the first in a recurring event series that brings together leading health thinkers from Canada and around the world. Over the course of the Canada 2020 Healthcare Summit, several recurring themes emerged that point to a potential role for the federal government in creating a sustainable health system for all Canadians…

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Rethinking the scope of health care in Canada: a renewed federal role

The recently elected federal liberal government campaigned on strengthening Canada’s publicly funded health care system. How Canada ensures it provides a universal, affordable, and high quality health care system that accommodates technological innovation and changes in delivery over the next few decades is a particularly important challenge. In this piece, Mark Stabile thinks through a renewed federal role in health.

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Searching for Canada’s Michelle Obama

“Mom, I should eat broccoli because Michelle Obama says I should eat broccoli.” What music to the ears of parents and policymakers! A week ago, Canada 2020 hosted the fifth and final panel of the year in our signature speaker series, The Canada We Want in 2020. The topic was ‘confronting the crisis in public […]

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Confronting the crisis in public health

Author: Aqsa Malik Release Date: May 22, 2013 Pages: 26 This paper was prepared as background material for the Canada 2020 event ‘Confronting the crisis in public health’ on May 28, 2013 in Ottawa, Canada. It was written by Aqsa Malik, who is finishing her Ph.D. in Neuroscience at the University of British Columbia’s Brain […]

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The need to experiment in healthcare

This month the Health Council of Canada published the 2012 Commonwealth Fund International Health Policy Survey of Primary Care Doctors. This informative study is based on a survey of more than 2,000 primary health-care workers across the country. It focuses on how front liners perceive the system (Does it require minor or major change? Do […]

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We can save money and improve health care

Ontario needs to find $2 billion in annual health care savings. Provincial premiers and health care stakeholders had been gearing up for a noisy battle with the Conservative government around renewal of the 2004 Health Accord. Confounding expectations, in December 2011, Finance Minister Jim Flaherty announced a unilateral renewal of federal health funding. The “deal” […]

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Whither the health debate?

The current federal health accord expires in 2014. Most expected that, by now, we would be entering a period of protracted wrangling over what would replace it. Instead we face something of a void. In December 2011 the federal finance minister unexpectedly – and unilaterally – announced a surprisingly generous new offer to the provinces: […]

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