CCHE Seminar Series: Organizing and Financing Public Health Systems in Canada

Organizing and Financing Public Health Systems in Canada

Sara Allin and Medhi Ammi
University of Toronto and Carleton University

Friday April 8, 2022, 10am-12pm, Zoom

Abstract: This seminar will present results of a program of research funded by CIHR that examines the variations in organization and financing of public health systems in Canada. The first part of the seminar will clarify what is meant by public health and public health systems, describe and characterize variations in the organization of public health systems across Canada’s provinces and territories, and present the rationale for undertaking this research. The second part of the seminar will present results from two empirical studies: the first on the trends in expenditures on public health relative to other health sectors in Canada; and the second on the impacts of public health expenditures on health outcomes at the provincial level.  Finally, we will describe the next steps with this public health systems finance research agenda, and reflect on some opportunities for health economists to engage with this growing body of work.

A paper relating to this research can be found here.

Dr Sara Allin is an Associate Professor of Health Policy at the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto. She is also Director of the North American Observatory on Health Systems and Policies, a collaborative partnership and research centre focused on sub-national and international health systems research to support evidence-informed policy making. Sara’s research and teaching span comparative health systems and policies, health system performance and health equity.

Dr. Mehdi Ammi is an Associate Professor with the School of Public Policy and Administration at Carleton University. He is also an Honorary Associate Professor with the University of Queensland and President-Elect of the Canadian Health Economics Association. Dr. Ammi’s research spans health economics, applied microeconometrics, and health policy. His current research investigates the determinants, trends, and effects of public health financing; accessibility of care, including the influence of the pandemic; and topics at the intersection of behavioral economics and health economics.