Salud Pública de México
versión impresa ISSN 0036-3634
BARIS, Enis. Reforming health care in Canada: current issues. Salud pública Méx [online]. 1998, vol.40, n.3, pp. 276-280. ISSN 0036-3634. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0036-36341998000300009.
This paper examines the current health care reform issues in Canada. The provincial health insurance plans of the 1960s and 1970s had the untoward effects of limiting the federal governments clout for cost control and of promoting a system centered on inpatient and medical care. Recently, several provincial commissions reported that the current governance structures and management processes are outmoded in light of new knowledge, new fiscal realities and the evolution of power among stake-holders. They recommend decentralized governance and restructuring for better management and more citizen participation. Although Canadas health care system remains committed to safeguarding its guiding principles, the balance of power may be shifting from providers to citizens and "technocrats". Also, all provinces are likely to increase their pressure on physicians by means of salary caps, by exploring payment methods such as capitation, limiting access to costly technology, and by demanding practice changes based on evidence of cost-effectiveness.
Palabras llave : health care reform; consumer participation; Canada.