Examines successful models of healthcare delivery in other countries that could restore and improve the quality and effectiveness of our own system. In partnership with a Swedish think tank, we have produced healthcare consumer indexes comparing Canada to 32 European countries, and provincial health systems on patient responsiveness.
Canada's healthcare system is under increasing strain. It faces recurring crises in its present form, despite the continuous allocation of more tax resources.
The decision to structure our healthcare system as a monopoly has had effects that are both far-reaching and little understood. Because funding arrives whether or not they provide good service, health-care workers have no direct incentive to go “above and beyond” or to innovate to provide better service.
Canadians clearly want guaranteed, universal access to medical services. New healthcare models have the potential to retain universality, restore service levels, and control costs while introducing transparency and accountability to the system.