Health Policy in a Slowing Economy: Lessons (or Not) from Nova Scotia
Dr. Katherine Fierlbeck, Professor, Department of Political Science, Dalhousie University
Katherine Fierlbeck is McCulloch Professor of Political Science at Dalhousie University, and is cross-appointed with the Department of Community Health and Epidemiology in the Faculty of Medicine. Her most recent books include Health Care in Canada (UTP), Canadian Health Care Federalism (MQUP) and Comparative Health Care Federalism (Ashgate).
Host: University of Regina
Date: March 20, 2014
With a shrinking economy, aging demographics, and an exodus of skilled workers, the province of Nova Scotia faces exceptional challenges in attempting to develop a responsive and sustainable health care system. Yet it is difficult to extricate policy dilemmas from political strategies, especially when real policy flexibility contracts as public irascibility expands. What are the specific obstacles facing Nova Scotia’s health care system, and how has the province responded to them? Why has it decided upon its current strategy of reform, and how successful in this endeavour will it be?
Variations in physician practice: Quantifying the implications for total Canadian health care spending Dr. Kim McGrail, Associate Professor, University of British Columbia, Associate Director of the University of British Columbia Centre for Health Services and Policy Research, and Associate with the Centre for Clinical Epidemiology and Evaluation.
Date: November 14, 2014
Host: University of Regina
Location: Room 210, 2 Research Drive, University of Regina Every family physician in
Canada is responsible for directing more than $3.3 million in physician, hospital and pharmaceutical spending each year. Not every physician practices the same way, with the implication that some physicians have larger “footprints” in the health care system than others. Research in primary care is starting to reveal differences in patterns of practice and resulting health care spending, with the ultimate objective of identifying associated differences in outcomes for patients.
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