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.

It’s time to move health research out of the academy and into the community

It’s time to move health research out of the academy and into the community

Canadians can be proud that our graduates are among the most productive and respected researchers in the fields of health services, health policy and health economics. Yet our own health system continues to under-perform.

When it comes to health care funding in Canada, we should stop living in the past

When it comes to health care funding in Canada, we should stop living in the past

How much should the federal government pay towards health care costs? Hardly a week goes by without this thorny issue being disputed between federal and provincial governments.

Early interventions require a new means of social investment

Early interventions require a new means of social investment

Investing in social programs improves social conditions and, as a consequence, improves people’s lives. That’s fairly obvious. What hasn’t always been as obvious, however, is that such social spending doesn’t tend to come at the cost of economic growth.

New Health Accord should reject per capita funding model — and consider frailty instead

New Health Accord should reject per capita funding model — and consider frailty instead

When the previous Health Accord expired in 2014, the Harper government unilaterally established a new funding model for federal health transfer payments to the provinces and territories based on an equal per capita basis.