Health System Sustainability

  • Understanding concepts of health system sustainability (e.g., fiscal affordability, value for money, productivity, share of GDP, share spent on health relative to other government services) across Canada and in other countries. What frameworks, models and metrics ensure sustainable health system planning and optimize health and health system outcomes?
  • Frameworks, tools and models that advance existing approaches to resource allocation decision-making, both within and across sectors. What promising practices and new approaches can we learn from within Canada and abroad?
  • Strategies that governments and health care organizations can use (e.g., policy tools, new delivery arrangements) to mitigate the impact of current or anticipated cost drivers (e.g., wage inflation, health human resources, consumer expectations, changing demographics, chronic disease) while maintaining or improving quality, efficient and effective care.
  • Role of demand-side measures (e.g., health prevention and promotion, chronic disease prevention and management, decision-support tools, alternate support systems) in reducing health system costs and improving health and health system outcomes, with particular emphasis on equity.
  • Political economy of health human resources supply in Canada with particular emphasis on frameworks, tools, and models that improve needs-based planning and allocation of resources that optimize the long-term supply.
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