Why is it so hard to reform healthcare in Canada?

by P.G. Forest, Harvey Lazar and Judith Maxwell (Moderator) | May 27, 2010

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Cross-Provincial Comparison of Health Care Policy Reform in Canada

May 27, 2010
12:00 p.m. - 12:45 p.m. EDT
This session in English only

It is widely understood that Canada's healthcare system needs fixing. So what's stopping us?

Join us for the May 27 Researcher on Call, entitled "Why is it so hard to reform healthcare in Canada?" Our panel of experts will examine the many social and political factors that support and impede change in our healthcare system, and explore the role that policy - and policy development - plays in healthcare reform.

Featured Speakers

Pierre-Gerlier Forest is President of the Pierre Elliot Trudeau Foundation and former Assistant Deputy Minister, Health Canada.

Prior to joining the Pierre Elliot Trudeau Foundation as President, Pierre-Gerlier Forest was an Assistant Deputy Minister with Health Canada, where he was first appointed to the G.D.W. Cameron Chair (2003) before becoming Chief Scientist (2004-2006). As principal scientific advisor to the Minister of Health and to the Deputy Minister of Health Canada, Professor Forest worked to bridge the worlds of policy and the world of research by encouraging the creation of forums for dialogue and knowledge transfer.

Well known for his work in the areas of health policy and the governance of healthcare organizations, PG Forest also held the position of Director of Research, Commission of the Future of Health Care in Canada (Romanow Commission). He spent most of his academic career at Université Laval as professor of policy analysis and public management with the Department of Political Science. He is the author of more than a hundred scientific papers and books, notably, Changing Health Care in Canada (Ottawa, 2004) and Le Système de santé québécois ? un modèle en transformation (Montréal, 1999).

PG Forest obtained a PhD in history and socio-politics of science at Université de Montreal (1989). In the years following his post-doctoral studies, several governments and numerous organizations have called on his expertise, particularly in the areas of health system reform and knowledge management.

Harvey Lazar is Adjunct Professor, School of Public Administration, and Senior Research Associate, Centre for Global Studies, at University of Victoria.

He is also Adjunct Professor in the School of Public Policy and Fellow of the Institute of Intergovernmental Relations at Queen's University.

Dr. Lazar's current research focuses on (1) public policy in both healthcare and public health; (2) comparative federalism; and (3) fiscal federalism. He has edited/authored over 10 volumes including, most recently, Spheres of Governance: Comparative Studies of Cities in Multilevel Governance Systems. 2007 (with Christian Leuprecht); Canadian Fiscal Arrangements: What Works, What Might Work Better. 2005; and Money, Politics and Health Care. 2004 (with France St-Hilaire).

Dr. Lazar was educated at McGill, University of British Columbia, and the London School of Economic and Political Science (PhD, 1975). He is a former senior federal public servant, including stints as Deputy Chair, Economic Council of Canada (1986-1992) and Senior Assistant Deputy Minister, Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (1992-1995). After leaving the federal government he was recruited to Queen's University where he was director of the Institute of Intergovernmental Relations from 1996-2005.

Judith Maxwell is the Founding President of Canadian Policy Research Networks [CPRN].

She has extensive experience in both public and private sector think tanks, and has established a national reputation as a leading thinker on Canada's social and economic policy choices. She is also one of the pioneers in deliberative dialogues that give unaffiliated citizens a voice in public policy discussion.

Mrs. Maxwell is a member of the Order of Canada and a member of the Board of Directors of the Community Foundation of Ottawa. Until January 2009, she was a biweekly columnist for the Globe and Mail's Report on Business. She has served on the boards of BCE Inc., Clarica Inc. and the Bank of Canada. Judith has also been awarded honorary degrees by eight Canadian universities and one community college. She was Chair of the Economic Council of Canada from 1985 to 1992. Earlier in her career, she worked as a consultant, as Director of Policy Studies at the C.D. Howe Institute, and as a journalist with the Financial Times of Canada.

For more information, please contact roc-csa@chsrf.ca or 613-728-2238 ext. 221.