Addressing the health care challenge: examining our health care systems


When: Thursday, June 9, 2016 - 08:00 - 10:30

Where: Ottawa, ON

A willingness to change. Strong and consistent senior leadership. Clearly defined roles, responsibilities and effective relationships. Transparency and accountability. These are hallmarks of good governance. Through decades of extensive research, the Public Policy Forum has identified tenets of good governance, and how to tailor their implementation.

To what extent are the characteristics of good governance practices found in health governance systems in Canada? How are these characteristics linked to achieving integrated, patient-centered healthcare in Canada?

‘Solving the healthcare crisis’ is a challenge many organizations and academics have taken on. At the Public Policy Forum, we are taking a new approach to Canada’s decades-old health care challenge by examining the governance models – the architecture upon which our healthcare services are built – to understand how that architecture can evolve toward improved healthcare service delivery in Canada.

Governance systems by which healthcare services are organized, funded, and delivered vary across Canada. Canada is a country of extremes when it comes to the governance of our healthcare systems. On one end of the spectrum we have jurisdictions that operate in a very centralized system where healthcare is managed by the provincial Ministry of Health. At the other end of the spectrum are jurisdictions in which healthcare is delivered through a completely decentralized system with numerous sub-provincial health authorities managed by community-based boards.

The focus on healthcare governance has in general been less researched and discussed when compared to more publicly prominent issues such as healthcare spending, transformation and innovation. Yet it is through applying the appropriate governance model to publicly funded health services that: healthcare spending is better allocated, managed and tracked; system transformations occur with fewer disruptions; and improvements – such as integrated, patient-centred healthcare – are more easily identified and implemented.  

For more information:

Rhonda Moore
Project Lead
613-238-7858 x 230.