Why hiring consultants to fix our healthcare system doesn’t work

Why hiring consultants to fix our healthcare system doesn’t work

THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods A version of this commentary appeared in the Hill Times, Ottawa Life and the Winnipeg Free Press The use of management consultants to design reforms for Canada’s health systems has become increasingly popular by both provincial and federal governments over the past several decades – but it’s not always been good value […]

Canada has more doctors and health specialists than ever — but is that good news?

Canada has more doctors and health specialists than ever — but is that good news?

Without appropriate measurement of health care outcomes, we cannot know if cost control measures affect the quality of care.

Canada has more doctors and health specialists than ever — but is that good news?

Canada has more doctors and health specialists than ever — but is that good news?

We don’t have measures in place to evaluate whether increasing the specialist health workforce is always the best investment of our health care dollars.

Canada has more doctors and health specialists than ever — but is that good news?

Canada has more doctors and health specialists than ever — but is that good news?

Just how big is the increase in the number of health specialists? The number of specialists per Canadian has almost doubled since 1981.

Canada has more doctors and health specialists than ever — but is that good news?

Canada has more doctors and health specialists than ever — but is that good news?

While there has been a recent decline in real per capita provincial government health spending, total physician costs have continued to rise.

Canada has more doctors and health specialists than ever – but is that good news?

Canada has more doctors and health specialists than ever – but is that good news?

The recent negotiations between the Ontario Medical Association and the Ontario Government highlight the complex relationship between physicians and health spending.

Le Canada et le Québec comptent un nombre record de médecins et de spécialistes de la santé, mais est-ce une bonne nouvelle?

Le Canada et le Québec comptent un nombre record de médecins et de spécialistes de la santé, mais est-ce une bonne nouvelle?

Partout au pays, les provinces tentent de réduire leurs dépenses de santé et se préoccupent beaucoup des coûts croissants associés aux médecins. Ont-elles raison? Oui — et non.

Why American doctors are calling for Canadian-style medicare

Why American doctors are calling for Canadian-style medicare

In a dramatic show of physician support for deep health care reform in the U.S, more than 2,200 physician leaders have signed a “Physician’s Proposal” calling for sweeping change.

Five challenges for bending the healthcare cost curve in Canada

Five challenges for bending the healthcare cost curve in Canada

Canadian economists received a pleasant surprise this year: expenditure growth on public healthcare in Canada finally appears to be slowing down. However, it is unclear if this slowdown is the result of explicit success in sustainably bending the cost-curve or more short-term cost-cutting in response to slower economic growth or future federal health transfers.