H E A L T H C A R E   P O L I C Y

Canadians often tell themselves that they enjoy “the best healthcare system in the world.” Unfortunately, the evidence doesn’t support these claims. Despite very high per-capita spending levels, Canada’s healthcare system underperforms in comparison to a number of European countries, including the Netherlands, Switzerland, Germany and Sweden. In many European countries, wait times for healthcare services are much shorter than in Canada. AIMS research focuses on identifying and measuring the performance gaps between Canada and some of its peer nations and on identifying policy strategies and global best practices that can help reduce wait times and improve patient care in Canada.

AIMS research in the healthcare sector also focuses on the development of policy ideas that can help strengthen the role of consumers themselves within the healthcare system. Our work examines global practices and policy ideas that provide patients with more access to information about their own health status and treatment options, enabling them to be active, leading participants in their own team of health care providers.

POLICY PAPERS & OP-ED COMMENTARIES

 

Losing healthcare privilege

By DAVID ZITNER (AIMS Senior Fellow) Troy Media, March 19, 2017 LocalXpress, March 22, 2017 Battlefords News-Optimist, March 24, 2017 Canadian seniors are a privileged group. The Conference Board of Canada reports that life expectancy today is 10 years longer than it was in 1961. The average Canadian can expect to ...
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Embracing seniority with new vision

By DAVID ZITNER (AIMS Senior Fellow) • Chronicle Herald, 31 January 2017 My welcome to medical care for seniors helps me understand what some people mean when they say “I’m not getting older. I’m getting better.” Science and medical innovations lead to improved function and comfort despite the influence of ...
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Making a move to three-tier health care

By DAVID ZITNER (AIMS Senior Fellow) • The Chronicle Herald, 01 December 2016 Most Canadians applaud the principles of the Canada Health Act that suggest all Canadians should have access to the comprehensive health care they need An editorial in the Nov. 1 issue of the Canadian Medical Association Journal ...
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When primary care is not available

AIMS Research Fellow David Zitner discusses the signs of frailty. As care rationing becomes a more prominent reality in the health system, patients will have to take on more knowledge and control over their own health care. He gives warning signs about frailty to help readers monitor their own function ...
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Bring the kids home to save healthcare

In the Telegraph-Journal, AIMS Vice President of Research John Williamson argues that the fault for Atlantic Canada’s financial squeeze in healthcare lies more with our economic policies than with Ottawa’s funding formulas. When a young worker moves West, his federal health subsidy goes with him, rather than staying here. Read ...
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MEDIA MENTIONS

 

Media Release: Bridging the Left and Right

For immediate release: September 10, 2015 Halifax, NS – The Atlantic Institute for Market Studies (AIMS) is proud to announce its partnership with the Nova Scotia Co-operative Council in their ...
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It’s 2015, so why can’t I email my doctor yet?

It’s time for the provincial government to get out of the way of smart, cost-effective communication between doctors and their patients.At a time when surgeons can perform Internet-enabled operations that ...
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Helping Yourself By Helping Your Doctor

Every day, Canadian patients benefit from remarkable cures of diseases that were previously fatal.We expect a lot from health care, and so we should, because health care takes about half ...
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Revamping Health Information in Nova Scotia

AIMS Senior Fellow in Healthcare Policy David Zitner discusses his latest column on health information in Nova Scotia on the Todd Veinotte show. In the column, Zitner argues that "Nova ...
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