Taking the Pulse of Primary Health Care Reform

CHSPR’s 29th annual health policy conference, March 10, 2017, at the Pinnacle Hotel Vancouver Harbourfront, will explore the promise, potential, and (real) progress on primary health care reform in BC and Canada.

Over the last decade primary health care reform has sustained attention from professionals, governments and researchers. Collaboration between governments, local health jurisdictions and physician, in particular, has increased; structures have been put in place for policy-makers to work collaboratively with physicians on funding and programs. Yet, the environment of reform or the proponents of changes are not uniform. Various provinces have approached reform using different strategies, and model-driven, principle-based, quality-centered and incentive-oriented incremental changes have all played a role. There is little publicly available information on the impact of these reforms nor the spread of successful innovations across the country.

Creative new ways of delivering and organizing health care are only the beginning. They must be scaled-up so they have application across the country, rather than being limited to regions or institutions as exists today. Innovations and scalability require funding; the Naylor Report proposes a major federally financed fund and a central agency to attain three main goals: (1) improving performance of the healthcare systems, (2) enhancing quality and value to Canadians, and (3) breaking down barriers to innovation.

This one day conference creates a space for dialogue on questions important to Canada:

  • What information is required and how can this information be used to improve primary and integrated health care that will address social needs and determinants of health?
  • What is needed to scale up innovations in primary health care across the country?

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Registration will open in November 2016.