Health Policy Conference

Medicare at a Crossroads: Myths and Realities 50 Years In

March 31 & April 1, 2022
Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre, University of BC, Vancouver, or attend virtually

It’s the 50th anniversary of medicare in 2022 and a good time to look back and plan for the future. Looking back is imperative, as we remind ourselves about the roots of medicare, the values and design principles that underpinned the establishment of medicare, and the heroic people who really made a difference in getting those foundations in place. It is equally – in fact more – important to plan for the future, as we recognize the challenges that existed prior to the pandemic, and the new ones that have emerged since. We need to confirm the values and objective that guide us. Aligning with those, we need to determine what should stay the same and what we need to do differently over the next 50 years.

CHSPR’s long-standing conference promotes discussion between policy-makers, academics, providers, patients and national organizations on timely issues shaping health systems in Canada. The 2022 conference will bring together research and policy experts, students, patients, and care practitioners from across the health care system. The conference will support in-person and virtual attendance for speakers and participants, subject to public health restrictions in British Columbia, including proof of COVID-19 vaccination requirements.

Confirmed speakers

Greg Marchildon, University of Toronto Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation
Danielle Martin, University of Toronto Department of Family & Community Medicine
Stephanie Montesanti, University of Alberta School of Public Health
David Naylor, COVID-19 Immunity Task Force

Call for abstracts

The conference planning committee will invite submissions of abstracts for poster presentations on health services and policy research topics. The call will open in December and abstracts will be due January 14, 2022. Posters will be presented in-person.


Registration will open in December.

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