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
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
  • 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
  • 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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