Efficiency and Innovation for Health Care in Ontario’s Public Service - January 2012

Submission to the Drummond Commission

As Ontario works to find efficiencies within its public services, Canadian Doctors for Medicare recommends that the Drummond commission take a long-term view of spending in health care. Ontario needs to ensure that dollars are well-spent for the future, and not just as a temporary fix to economic pressures. It is critical that Ontario plan now for the health care system it needs in the future. 

That planning should be based on clear evidence that demonstrates where efficiencies can be reliably found. An unfortunate fact about recent debate on health care in particular is that assumptions are made about sources of efficiency that the evidence does not support. It is time that we returned to planning based on solid research and sound evidence. 

In this submission we have looked at the evidence in three areas that provide good guidance for the future of health care:

1) An assessment of assumptions about private care

2) System improvement and public sector innovation

3) Evidence-based health care transformation

To read Efficiency and Innovation for Health Care in Ontario’s Public Service, click here.

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