HealthcarePapers, 11(2) June 2011: 64-67.doi:10.12927/hcpap.2011.22442

The Authors Respond     

Ronald R. Lindstrom, Stuart M. MacLeod and Adrian Levy

The lead essay we wrote (Lindstrom et al. 2011) started with a capacity-building grant from the British Columbia Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research, the goal of which was to guide the BC Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA; see on improving its performance in translating research into policy. PHSA is a research-intensive organization employing approximately 1,000 researchers, benefiting from more than $25 million annually in philanthropic funds and attracting a further $120 million in grants and contracts to support the research enterprise. It is a prime example of a research and educational enterprise with the capacity to "twist the lion's tail."


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    Paul Tanse wrote:

    Posted 2011/06/15 at 11:39 AM EDT

    The authors write, "In an ideal world it would be possible to de-politicize the healthcare system and have it protected from the vagaries of electoral politics."

    Not in my ideal world. Politics is not something nasty or ugly that we should remove from public sector decision making. Or, to put it differently, politics both partisan and general, is the way in which we manage disagreements over both means but especially over ends.

    I do not want to live in a world where there are no politics and evidence reigns. In such a world value conflicts would likely be ignored to the detriment of us all.

    Patrick Fafard
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    Université d'Ottawa / University of Ottawa
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