Research synthesis on financing models: The potential for social insurance in Canada

Charles D. Mallory (consultant), Alexandra Constant, Anna Piercy (consultant) and Jennifer Major
Canadian Health Service Research Foundation
Status: Report in progress
This synthesis reviews methods for increasing revenues for healthcare. It describes how social insurance functions along with national insurance in four European countries, namely Germany, France, Finland and Switzerland. Key elements are described for each country, such as populations and services covered under each financing model (public, social, private), the role of the different actors, funding mechanisms and the current issues faced by the healthcare system.