HealthcarePapers 14(3) October 2014 : 28-32.doi:10.12927/hcpap.2015.24259

Transforming the System with One Small Change? An Idea for Debate

Stephen Bornstein


Gardner, Levy and Fierlbeck offer a thought-provoking plan for turning Canada's currently unproductive and obstructive model of fiscal federalism into an effective tool for leveraging substantive change in the country's healthcare systems and enhancing their ability to provide effective care at acceptable cost. However, what is presented as a straightforward solution actually requires a complicated and highly demanding set of interlocking transformations. The author of this commentary is not convinced that these can all be achieved within a politically realistic timeframe and without significant new resources.



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