Dr. Katherine Fierlbeck

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
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?