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regarding health care funding policies
in Canada and internationally.
Op Ed: Ontario’s hospitals: Pitfalls and opportunities for high-quality careSutherland and Hellsten publish Toronto Star commentary.
Op Ed: Should Canada punish hospitals for poor care? Other countries do itSutherland and Repin publish Globe and Mail commentary.
Op Ed: Hospital funding with few strings attached is now inexcusableSutherland and Repin publish a Toronto Sun op-ed.
Paying for Hospital Services: A Hard Look at the OptionsAn April 2013 report by Sutherland, Crump, Repin, and Hellsten published by the CD Howe Institute finds ABF is a viable complement to fixed annual lump sum budgets for rebalancing the financial incentives for Canadian hospitals.
New issue of Health Care Funding NewsThe April 2013 issue examines methods of measuring healthcare quality and costs and previews upcoming health care funding-related presentations.
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Upcoming CAHSPR presentationsThe Health Care Funding team will be giving two presentations at the Canadian Association for Health Services and Policy Research conference in Vancouver in May. The first examines methods for analyzing costs of care and the second the effect of ABF in BC.
Activity-based funding and hip and knee replacementsThe March 2013 Data Bulletin examines the effect of the introduction of activity-based funding in BC on volume of hip and knee replacements.
Funding health care in QuebecThe Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement has released two reports by Sutherland, Repin, and Crump that review the roles of financial incentives in funding health care and then examine these incentives in the context of Montreal, Quebec.
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The latest from the Health Care Funding Blog
May 13, 2013
This site is about funding, it’s about how we fund healthcare, and about how we fund hospitals. It’s about how we measure and analyze the effect that different funding methods have on the healthcare so that, in the end, we can design better systems. To do this, we analyze vast amounts of data. We rely heavily on the diagnostic data captured in administrative data to adjust our comparisons for differences in the complexity of patients both over time and across hospitals. A crucial question for us and other health services researchers is, “how reliable are the data we use?”
March 25, 2013
We pay people to do things. It’s an underpinning of western civilization, which has evolved to a point where we pay people to do more of things we want. This concept holds remarkably true right up until we begin talking about healthcare. In healthcare, we either do not pay people to do things better (often in public systems), or paying people to do things better doesn’t seem to work. Paying hospitals for what they do is common elsewhere.
February 4, 2013
The track record for traction between evidence and policy is weak. We can also see that the relationship between evidence and policy is fluid, and subject to change based on politics, governments, public opinion and a host of other factors. How do we as researchers and subject experts, get our research and our voices heard by the right people? Read more