The Fiscal Sustainability of Canadian Publicly Funded Healthcare Systems

by Don Drummond, Livio DiMatteo | Jun 13, 2012

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012
12:00pm ET
(Simultaneous interpretation is available)

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In healthcare doing the same thing the same way is no longer sustainable and has become the burning issue across Canada. In 2011, CHSRF funded a series of 25 papers exploring cost drivers, sustainability, innovation and transformation in Canadian healthcare. In this call, Don Drummond, an economist known for his report which called for dramatic fiscal reform in Ontario, and Livio DiMatteo, one the researchers commissioned by CHSRF, discuss policy responses to sustainability concerns.


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Guest Speakers:


 Don Drummond Chair, Commission on the Reform of Ontario Public Services


Don Drummond holds a BA Economics University of Victoria, MA Economics Queen's University and Doctors of Laws honoris causa Queen's University. He is currently a Matthews Fellow in Global Public Policy Queen's University and most recently chaired the Commission on the Reform of Ontario Public Services. From 2000-2010 Mr Drummond held positions at the TD Bank as Senior Vice President and Chief Economist leading TD Economics' work in analyzing and forecasting economic performance in Canada and abroad. Previously, during his more than 20 years at the Federal Dept of Finance, Mr. Drummond held a series of senior positions. As Associate Deputy Minister Mr. Drummond was responsible for economic analysis, fiscal policy, tax policy, social policy, and federal-provincial relations. In particular, Mr. Drummond coordinated the planning of the annual federal budgets.

Livio DiMatteo Professor of Economics, Lakehead University

Livio Di Matteo is an economist in Thunder Bay, Ontario specializing in health economics, public finance and policy, and economic history. He holds a PhD from McMaster University, an MA from the University of Western Ontario and an Honours BA from Lakehead University. He is Professor of Economics at Lakehead University where he has served since 1990. His health economics research explores the determinants of health expenditures, the public-private split in health spending and the sustainability of provincial government health spending.




Stephen SamisStephen Samis, Vice-President, Programs, CHSRF 


Stephen has more than 15 years experience in research, policy development, knowledge exchange, partnership development and advocacy in the health sector. Prior to CHSRF he was director of Health Policy at the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada from 2004 to 2010 and manager of Research and Analysis at the Canadian Institute for Health Information from 2000 to 2004. Before moving to Ottawa in 2000, Stephen was a health research and policy consultant in British Columbia, where he worked for the BC Ministry of Health, Health Canada, the BC Workers Compensation Board and others.


Stephen has a strong interest in health research and policy, population health and evidence-informed policy development to improve Canada's health systems and ultimately the health of Canadians. He holds a Master’s degree in Sociology from Simon Fraser University in British Columbia.



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