Healthcare Policy

Healthcare Policy 16(3) February 2021 : 43-50.doi:10.12927/hcpol.2021.26434
Discussion and Debate

Commentary: Improving the Sustainability of Healthcare in Canada through Physician-Engaged Delivery System Reforms

Amity E. Quinn and Braden J. Manns


Increasing private healthcare financing has been suggested as a solution toward improving healthcare quality and access within the Canadian healthcare system. However, Lee et al. (2021) find no evidence that increasing private financing would address the challenges faced by Canadian healthcare. We suggest turning our focus away from reforms that solely increase private healthcare financing and toward evidence-based delivery-system reforms to address both quality and sustainability. We present examples and supporting evidence of the effectiveness of patient-, physician-, organization- and system-level strategies. Changes should engage physicians and be implemented across Canada to facilitate a cultural shift toward experimentation and high-value care delivery.



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