Backgrounders

Backgrounders

Our backgrounders are intended to help journalists, and others, understand the context and current available evidence on specific health policy issues in just a few, brief pages.

Backgrounders do not provide a viewpoint or opinion on a topic, but rather, detail the history of an issue and highlight why the issue is of importance today.  They also point the reader to the most reliable, balanced research, so that they may pursue the topic in more depth or fact-check the key details easily.

AGING POPULATION AND
ITS POTENTIAL IMPACT
HEALTHCARE COSTS AND SPENDING
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    Backgrounder: Canada’s aging population and the need for changes in health care delivery
    By Ann Silversides

    For decades, health care researchers have been writing about the implications of the aging of the demographic bulge produced by the boom-bust sequence. Despite some scare mongering commentaries in the media, there won’t be a sudden, overwhelming impact on health care costs.

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    Backgrounder: Advance care planning
    By Nanci Corrigan

    Advance care planning is a process of reflection and communication about personal care preferences in the event that an individual becomes incapable of consenting to or refusing treatment or other care. The most important aspects of advance care planning are choosing one or more Substitute Decision Makers — someone who will speak on the individuals’ behalf and make decisions for them if they are not able to do so themselves.

PRIVATE, FOR-PROFIT SOLUTIONS
TO FUNDING AND DELIVERY
HEALTH IS MORE THAN HEALTHCARE
PATIENT FINANCING OF HEALTHCARE
(THE PATIENT PAYS)
MORE CARE IS NOT ALWAYS BETTER
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    Backgrounder: Healthcare with user fees
    By Alex Peden

    The most basic way of categorizing healthcare financing is to separate public and private healthcare costs. Public financing includes expenditures from any level of government (financed through taxation) as well as social insurance funds (these are much more widespread in European health care systems, although Workers’ Compensation Boards would be included here).

SUSTAINABILITY WAITING FOR CARE
PHARMACEUTICAL POLICY MENTAL HEALTH
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    Backgrounder: Mental illness and addictions in Canada
    By Victoria Jeffries

    Mental illness and addictions take a toll that can be measured in human costs, healthcare costs and costs to society. Approximately one in five Canadians experience a mental illness or addiction each year and 50% will experience one in their lifetime.

OBESITY INTERNATIONAL HEALTH SYSTEMS

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