Healthcare Financing and Funding

  • Models for financing health care services provided across the continuum of care, but particular those outside the acute care system (e.g., pharmaceuticals, long-term care, home and community care), and their impacts on efficiency and equity, including the distribution of financial burden and implications for accessibility faced by patients and their families. What lessons can we learn from other jurisdictions and countries about revenue sources (e.g., general tax revenue, payroll taxes, user fees, deductibles) and insurance models (e.g., public single-payer, social health insurance, private health insurance) and how should these models be adapted to work in the Canadian context?
  • What lessons can Canada's health sector learn from the broader empirical literature on government financing instruments and, in particular, the impact of these instruments on key economic measures such as innovation, investment in R&D, employment levels, efficiency, and equity?
  • Political economy of health financing in the Canadian context and its impact on public policy decision-making over time (e.g., have Canadians’ values, attitudes and interests shifted over time?).
  • Models for funding and remunerating health care services across the continuum of care and within specific sectors (e.g., community, primary care, hospital) and their impacts on incentivizing behaviour change and improving health and health system outcomes (e.g., cost, access, equity, efficiency). What promising practices can we learn from within Canada and abroad and how should these practices be adapted to work in the Canadian context?