This study highlights key reforms governments must make to reduce health disparities and shows that reform and investment in public health care will deliver equity for the best price. The report examines trends in health care reform, specifically in the areas of governance, finance and coverage, human resources and information. It finds that:
- Canada’s health care systems have become increasingly fragmented and riddled with inequities over time;
- public insurance and investment is cheaper than private;
- prescription drugs are the biggest cost driver and the public sector has the greatest ability to manage costs and ensure universal access;
- health care professionals must be trained and deployed differently; and
- information systems are key to innovation and improving access and outcomes.