Better with Age: Health systems planning for the aging population

A regional roundtable series

Through October and November, 2010, CHSRF hosted six roundtables (five regional, one national) called Better with Age: Health systems planning for the aging population. This invitation-only series brought together policy-makers, healthcare executives, researchers and the public to discuss how to address health system challenges related to Canada’s aging population.

Invited speakers from across Canada—including health economists, health policy experts, senators, and professors—set the stage for dialogue through morning presentations. Afternoons were set aside for facilitated discussions.

The roundtable series aimed to:

  • bring clarity to the impact of population aging on the financial sustainability of Medicare,
  • raise the profile of the most pressing policy- and decision-making challenges and research gaps, and
  • offer ideas and strategies for delivering high-quality care to seniors.

What we heard

Now is the time to develop policies that will sustain healthcare

This report from CHSRF, Better with Age: Health systems planning for the aging population, is a synthesis of what we heard from more than 200 policy-makers, healthcare executives, researchers and citizen representatives during these six roundtables across the country. The main message? Now is the time to formulate policies and implement sustainable reforms that will improve healthcare for the growing number of older Canadians—and the population as a whole.
» Read the report, Better with Age: Health systems planning for the aging population

Individual event reports

Calgary final report : Report on the British Columbia and Alberta Regional Roundtable (PDF, 533 KB)
Winnipeg final report : Report on the Saskatchewan and Manitoba Regional Roundtable (PDF, 425 KB)
Halifax final report : Report on the Atlantic Regional Roundtable (PDF, 882 KB)
Toronto final report : Report on the Ontario Regional Roundtable (PDF, 381 KB)
Montreal final report : Report on the Quebec Regional Roundtable (PDF, 469 KB)
Ottawa final report : Report on the National Roundtable (PDF, 663 KB)

Event documents

Overall agenda for the roundtable series (PDF)
Backgrounder (PDF)
Speaker biographies (PDF)

Related Mythbusters

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Myth: The aging population is to blame for uncontrollable healthcare costs
Myth: Canada’s system of healthcare financing is unsustainable

Presentation slides and audio recordings

Calgary (October 7, 2010)

Neena Chappell - Systems Level Perspectives Structuring the Health System for Seniors (PDF, 909 Kb)
Marcus Hollander - Is Canada Ready for an Aging Population? (PDF, 125 Kb)
Michael Rachlis - Demographics, aging and financial sustainability (PDF, 1.38 Mb)

Winnipeg (October 15, 2010)

Roger Carrière - Better with Age: Health Systems Planning for the Aging Population: Saskatchewan Perspective (PDF, 214 Kb)
Michael Rachlis - Demographics, aging and financial sustainability (PDF, 1.41 Mb)

Ottawa (October 20, 2010)

Michael Rachlis - Demographics, aging and financial sustainability (PDF, 1.23 Mb | Audio: MP3)
Michael Wolfson - The health system and the aging population (PDF, 908 Kb | Audio: MP3)
Margaret MacAdam - Improving the health system for the aging population through value for money initiatvies (PDF, 317 Kb | Audio: MP3)
Shawn Russel - Health services for Canada's aging veterans (PDF, 356 Kb | Audio: MP3)
Michel Grignon - Response to morning messages: A health economist's perspective (PDF, 76Kb | Audio: MP3)

Halifax (October 27, 2010)

Michael Rachlis - Demographics, aging and financial sustainability (PDF, 4 MB)
Janice Keefe - Providing local health system perspectives on planning for the aging population (PDF, 22 MB)
Speaking Notes- (PDF, 94 KB)

Toronto (November 4, 2010)

Michael Rachlis - Demographics, aging and financial sustainability (PDF, 4 MB)

Montreal (November 10, 2010)

François Beland - S'améliorer avec le temps : Planifier des systèmes de santé adaptés à la population vieillissante (PDF, 2.5 MB) (available in French only)