How Canada ensures it provides a universal, affordable, and high quality health care system that accommodates technological innovation and changes in delivery over the next few decades is a particularly important challenge. The increasing concerns about adequate financing, demographic shifts, and inequality both within and across generations only add to the complexity of the discussion. With a new federal government with an ambitious policy agenda, this summit is not just well-timed, it is a critical part of the conversation.
The recently elected federal liberal government campaigned on strengthening Canada’s publicly funded health care system. It rightly pointed out that while Canada’s healthcare system remains a point of pride for Canadians, there are a number of areas, including financing prescription medications, home care and mental health, where Canadian Medicare lags behind many countries in the OECD.