Private Parts? Finding the Balance of Public and Private in Health Care

March 5-6, 2020 | Pinnacle Hotel Vancouver Harbourfront

The Centre for Health Services and Policy Research (CHSPR) held its 32nd annual health policy conference on March 5 and 6, 2020 at the Pinnacle Hotel Vancouver Harbourfront. This long-standing conference promotes discussion between policy-makers, academics, providers, patients and national organizations on timely issues shaping health systems in Canada.

What role the private sector plays in financing health care has been the subject of longstanding and intense debate in Canada. This debate has been the subject of major court battles, from Chaoulli in Quebec, to Allen in Alberta, and the Cambie trial in British Columbia. It has also been present in the ongoing discussions about the future of coverage for prescription drugs as National Pharmacare has again reappeared in the national discussion.

At the 2020 CHSPR Conference, we delved into the evidence under these debates. What evidence do we have on private financing? What remains to be known? What balance do other countries strike in these decisions? Slides and videos of many of the presentations and a conference summary report are now available.