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Dr. Pierre-Gerlier Forest and Dr. Danielle Martin

In October of 2017, federal Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor launched an external review of federally funded pan-Canadian health organizations (PCHOs). The Minister appointed expert advisors Pierre-Gerlier Forest and Danielle Martin to lead an independent and forward‑looking review and report back with options for reconfiguring the PCHOs to best serve federal health priorities and the country’s health systems. What follows is a high-level summary of the reviewers’ findings, which are elaborated upon in the Summary Report.

The PCHOs: A question of collective impact 

The PCHOs are self-governed, non-profit organizations. Although the federal government provides the majority of their funding, they operate as arm’s-length bodies. They were set up between 1988 and 2007 to respond to disparate health policy issues affecting the country.

The suite is listed here, in chronological order of founding:

  • Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction (CCSA)
  • Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health (CADTH)
  • Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI)
  • Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement (CFHI)
  • Canada Health Infoway (Infoway)
  • Canadian Patient Safety Institute (CPSI)
  • Canadian Partnership Against Cancer (CPAC)
  • Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC)

The PCHOs differ by function, field, edict, focus, scope, size, mandate, maturity, governance, ownership, activity, audience, accountability, capacity, and track record. Our review was not concerned with individual PCHO performance but with the suite’s potential collective impact. We asked ourselves: is this constellation of PCHOs, as conceived and currently configured, funded, and operated, aiming at objectives that align with national priorities for Canada’s health systems? Are the PCHOs in their current form equipped to make the highest-impact contributions possible to the health system challenges facing the country in the 21st century? Are they the right fit for the future?

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This entry was posted on Wednesday, March 28th, 2018 at 3:08 pm and is filed under Longwoods Online, Publisher's Page.