Karen Palmer

Karen S. Palmer is an Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University, where she taught comparative health care policy until 2013. She is an independent health policy analyst and health services researcher. For the past 25 years, she has been involved in the practice of public health, mostly in health policy research and analysis, and health services planning, bridging evidence and practice. She holds graduate degrees in Public Health from the University of Hawaii at Manoa: an MPH in International/Global Health; an MS in Health Services, Policy, and Planning; and a Graduate Certificate in Urban and Regional Planning. Originally from Canada, Karen divided her time from 1984 to 2006 between Canada, the US, and Switzerland. She worked at the Hawaii State Department of Health on primary care and rural health in the Hawaiian Islands, in the remote Marshall Islands on primary care delivery, and at the World Health Organization on global tuberculosis control. Karen’s passion is comparative international health care systems and reform, with a particular interest in the differences and similarities between the US, European, and Canadian health care systems. She recently led a 19-member international research team in a systematic review of the global evidence on the effects of activity-based funding in hospitals.

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Commentaries by Dr. Karen Palmer:

Why American doctors are calling for Canadian-style medicare
New hospital funding model is a leap of faith // Financement par activité : un saut dans l’inconnu

Backgrounders by Dr. Karen Palmer:

Backgrounder: A primer on the legal challenge between Dr. Brian Day and British Columbia – and how it may affect our healthcare system 



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