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A Teaching Topic in Health Policy

The Basic Parameters of the Canadian Health System

This topic teaches students about the fundamental objectives of the Canadian healthcare system, and provides background information about how and why the system has evolved in the way it has over the past several decades. Students learn why governments in all developed countries view health care as a public policy concern, and also learn about the important similarities and differences between health care policy in Canada and other OECD countries.

Recommended Reading (Carleton University PADM 5221): 

*Economist, “The health of nations” July 17, 2004.

R. G Evans, Strained Mercy: The Economics of Canadian Health Care at

Senate Standing Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology (Kirby Report) Commission on the Future of Health Care in Canada (Romanow Report) *Colleen Flood, “Profiles of Six Health Care Systems”.

A. Blomqvist, Canadian Health Care in a Global Context, C. D. Howe Institute. 2002  

Malcolm G. Taylor, Health Insurance and Canadian Public Policy: Seven Decisions That Created the Health Insurance System and their Outcomes, Carleton Library Series, McGill-Queen’s University Press. 2009.

Source: PADM 5221 Syllabus, 2012

Page Created By: Matthew Seddon, 02 July 2013

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