Backgrounders

Our backgrounders are intended to help journalists, and others, understand the context and current available evidence on specific public 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.

Antimicrobial resistance is a global threat

Antimicrobial resistance is a global threat

The Concept of “Frailty” and How it Can Help Reform our Health System

The Concept of “Frailty” and How it Can Help Reform our Health System

A primer on the legal challenge between Cambie Surgeries Corporation (led by Dr. Brian Day) and British Columbia — and how it may affect our healthcare system

A primer on the legal challenge between Cambie Surgeries Corporation (led by Dr. Brian Day) and British Columbia — and how it may affect our healthcare system

“Medicare,” provides public funding for all medically necessary hospital and physician services.

Federal Transfer Payments and how they affect healthcare funding in Canada

Federal Transfer Payments and how they affect healthcare funding in Canada

The Canadian fiscal transfer system is relatively simple and designed to address fiscal imbalances arising from economic differences across provinces and territories that are related to per capita income and natural resource endowments.

Why Economic Inequality Matters to the Health and Well-Being of All Canadians

Why Economic Inequality Matters to the Health and Well-Being of All Canadians

Does more healthcare create better outcomes? In other words, do more medications, tests and interventions necessarily result in healthier patients?
It turns out more care is, all too often, unnecessary care.

Backgrounder: The relationship between burden of disease and health equity

Backgrounder: The relationship between burden of disease and health equity

Everyone deserves to live a long life in full health, but not everyone is so fortunate. Some individuals and groups are more at risk of falling ill, becoming severely ill or disabled or dying prematurely (that is, before the average expected life span).

How health providers in Canada are working together to treat poverty and improve health

How health providers in Canada are working together to treat poverty and improve health

Does more healthcare create better outcomes? In other words, do more medications, tests and interventions necessarily result in healthier patients?
It turns out more care is, all too often, unnecessary care.

‘Burden of disease’: What it means and why it matters

‘Burden of disease’: What it means and why it matters

In a world affected by numerous diseases, disabilities and illnesses, how do governments, health care providers, media or the general public decide which ones are most important?

Backgrounder: Making Sense of the U.S. Health Care System: A Primer

Backgrounder: Making Sense of the U.S. Health Care System: A Primer

The U.S. health care system is not a universally accessible system – it is a publicly and privately-funded patchwork of fragmented systems and programs. Insured Americans are covered by both public and private health insurance, with a majority covered by private insurance plans through their employers.

Backgrounder: Kids in Care in Canada: The Alarming Facts

Backgrounder: Kids in Care in Canada: The Alarming Facts

What happens to kids who authorities determine can’t live safely with their own parents or caregivers? Thousands of Canadian children are in this situation right now.

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