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A Teaching Topic in Health Policy

Challenges to Medicare

This topic introduces students to the major challenges facing the Canadian healthcare system. Specifically, this topic addresses the issue of wait times, the financial sustainability of the system and calls for privatization. 

Recommended Reading (Carleton University PADM 5221): 

Coyte, P. 2000. Home Care in Canada: Passing the Buck. Canadian Journal of Nursing Research 33(2), 11-25. (pdf file).

S. Decker & D. Remler, “How Much Might Universal Health Insurance Reduce Socioeconomic Disparities in Health? A Comparison of the US and Canada” 2004.

C. Mustard, et. al., “Paying Taxes and Using Health Care Services” 1998.

M. Rachlis, “Public Solutions to Health Care Wait Lists” 2005.

M. Rachlis, et. al., “Revitalizing Medicare: Shared Problems, Public Solutions”, 2001.

R. Evans, “Political Wolves and Economic Sheep: The Sustainability of Public Health Insurance in Canada”. 2003.

S. Landon, M. McMillan, et. al., “Does Health Care Spending Crowd Out Other Provincial Expenditures?”, Canadian Public Policy, June 2006.

C. Manfredi & A. Maioni. “Courts and Health Policy: Judicial Policy Making and Publically Funded Health Care in Canada” . 2002. Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law.

Supreme Court of Canada, Chaoulli Decision, 2005.

Premier’s Advisory Council on Health For Alberta (Mazankowski), A Framework for Reform, 2001.

Source: PADM 5221 Syllabus, 2012

Page Created By: Matthew Seddon, 02 July 2013


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