October 2015

Curbing Canada's health spending growth- do we have a band-aid solution or a cure?

11:30am-1:30pm | The Fairmont Chateau Laurier - 1 Rideau Street, Ottawa

Canada’s healthcare spending is over $200 billion and growing and some have compared the growth to a healthcare “spending disease”. Since 2011, Canada has experienced weak economic growth and a tightening of fiscal budgets. As a result, spending on health has not kept pace with inflation and population growth combined. Current trends appear similar to the fiscal restraint period of the mid-1990s, which was then followed by a period of re-investment. Without major structural changes to the system or fundamental alterations in patterns of expenditures, will the current slow spending growth be an enduring feature of Canadian healthcare?

Please join David O’Toole, President and CEO of the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) for a luncheon on October 29 to celebrate the 40th anniversary of CIHI’s National Health Expenditures database and the release of its annual health expenditures report.

Dr. Cindy Forbes, CMA; Dr. David Naylor, University of Toronto; Don Drummond, Queen’s University; and Brent Diverty, Canadian Institute for Health Information will engage in a panel discussion about the key finding of this year’s report and will deliver their points of view about health expenditures in Canada. The discussion will be moderated by André Picard, Globe and Mail.

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Curbing Canada's health spending growth- do we have a band-aid solution or a cure?

André Picard

Health Columnist
The Globe and Mail

André Picard

André Picard is the health columnist at The Globe and Mail, where he has been a staff writer since 1987.

He is also the author of five books. His current bestseller is a collection of columns entitled “Matters of Life and Death: Public Health Issues in Canada.”

André is a graduate of the University of Ottawa and Carleton University and has received honorary doctorates from six universities, most recently the U of T.

Brent Diverty

Vice President of Programs
Canadian Institute for Health Information

Brent Diverty

Brent Diverty is the Vice President of Programs at CIHI. He has executive responsibility for CIHI’s range of health services, expenditure and workforce data holdings and many of the standard information products that flow from them. Prior to re-joining CIHI in February 2013, Mr. Diverty spent two years at the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare in Canberra, where he provided strategic leadership to the organization as a member of the executive team and programmatic leadership to a diverse portfolio of health and welfare information programs. Previously, Mr. Diverty worked as a director at CIHI, in management consulting roles and at Statistics Canada. Over his 20-year career, he has worked on both the supply and demand sides of data and information, in most cases with a focus on health services and population health. He holds an MA in economics from McMaster University, with a specialization in health.

David O’Toole

President and CEO
Canadian Institute for Health Information

David O’Toole

David O’Toole is the president and CEO of CIHI. Prior to joining the organization, Mr. O’Toole spent more than 20 years in the Ontario public sector, most recently as deputy minister, Ministry of Natural Resources. He began his career in health care, working in both the public and private sectors. For six years, he was senior project director for the Ontario Drug Benefit Program and executive assistant/policy advisor to the Office of the Assistant Deputy Minister of Health. He has also held positions as the deputy minister, Northern Development, Mines and Forestry and assistant deputy minister, Cabinet Office (economic and environment portfolios).

Mr. O’Toole has served as Commissioner for the Ontario Public Service Commission and on the Executive Development Committee of the Ontario Public Service. He is a graduate of both Queen’s University and the Executive Program of the Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario.

Don Drummond

Stauffer-Dunning Fellow
Global Public Policy - Queens University

Don Drummond

Don Drummond is the Stauffer-Dunning Fellow in Global Public Policy and Adjunct Professor at the School of Policy Studies at Queen’s University. In 2011-12, he served as Chair for the Commission on the Reform of Ontario’s Public Services. Its final report, released in February 2012, contained nearly four hundred recommendations to provide Ontarians with excellent and affordable public services.

Mr. Drummond previously held a series of progressively more senior positions in the areas of economic analysis and forecasting, fiscal policy and tax policy during almost 23 years with Finance Canada. His last three positions were respectively Assistant Deputy Minister of Fiscal Policy and Economic Analysis, Senior Assistant Deputy Minister of Tax Policy & Legislation and most recently, Associate Deputy Minister. In the latter position he was responsible for economic analysis, fiscal policy, tax policy, social policy and federal-provincial relations and coordinated the planning of the annual federal budgets.

He subsequently was Senior Vice President and Chief Economist for the TD Bank (2000-2010), where he took the lead with TD Economics’ work in analyzing and forecasting economic performance in Canada and abroad. For Canada, this work was conducted at the city, provincial, industrial and national levels. TD Economics also analyzes the key policies which influence economic performance, including monetary and fiscal policies. He is a graduate of the University of Victoria and holds an M.A. (Economics) from Queen’s University. He has honorary doctorates from Queen’s and the University of Victoria and is a member of the Order of Ontario.

Dr. Cindy Forbes

Canadian Medical Association

Dr. Cindy Forbes

Originally from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Dr. Cindy Forbes has been a practicing family physician for over 28 years. Originally interested in teaching, she completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Education at Dalhousie University in 1980 and was a recipient of the Dalhousie University Medal for Academic Achievement. With a passion for health and wellness, Dr. Forbes decided to pursue a career in medicine. She obtained her MD from Dalhousie University’s School of Medicine in 1985 where she was President of her graduating class. Dr. Forbes went on to practice family medicine in Bedford, Nova Scotia and quickly became actively engaged in the work of Doctors Nova Scotia where she ultimately became President from 1996–1997. Following her term as Past President, Dr. Forbes moved with her family to North Vancouver, British Columbia where she practiced as a family physician for three years before returning to Nova Scotia and joining her current family practice in Fall River, Nova Scotia. During her time in British Columbia, she also served on the BCMA’s Council on Health Care and Promotion and the Tobacco and Illness Prevention Committee.

A dedicated clinician with a genuine desire to work with her colleagues to enhance the medical profession, advocate for healthy living and improve the quality of the health care system, Dr. Forbes has been an active member in the medical community in addition to practicing as a family physician over her career. She is a former Sport Nova Scotia spokesperson for the “Sports Makes a Difference Campaign”, and has served as chief medical officer for the Bluenose Marathon. She was also previously host of CTV-CMA “Medical Minutes” health promotion features for CTV News Channel.

Recently, she has been actively engaged with the NS College of Physicians and Surgeons, Doctors Nova Scotia, the Dalhousie Medical Alumni Association and the Canadian Medical Association (CMA). In the past, she has chaired CMA’s Council on Health Care and Promotion, and is a former member of CMA’s Political Action Committee and is currently a member of the Doctors Nova Scotia’s Master Agreement Steering Committee. For the past eight years, she has also served as a medical consultant for Medavie Blue Cross’s medication advisory panel.

Today, Dr. Forbes lives in Waverley, Nova Scotia with her husband Greg and is the proud mother of two daughters. She is an active paddler and volunteer with the Cheema Aquatic Club. She is an avid runner and an aspiring golfer.

Dr. David Naylor

Physician, Medical Researcher & Immediate past President
University of Toronto

Dr. David Naylor

Dr. David Naylor is a physician, medical researcher and immediate past President of the University of Toronto. He received his MD from the University of Toronto's Faculty of Medicine in 1978 with scholarships in medicine, surgery, and paediatrics, and his D.Phil. in the Faculty of Social and Administrative Studies at Oxford University in 1983, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar. He became a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons (Internal Medicine) in 1986, and joined the Department of Medicine of the University of Toronto in 1988, where he was promoted to full Professor by 1996.Dr. Naylor was founding Chief Executive Officer of the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (1991-1998), before becoming Dean of Medicine and Vice Provost for Relations with Health Care Institutions of the University of Toronto (1999-2005). From 2005 to 2013, he served as the 15th President of the University of Toronto.

Dr. Naylor is the co-author of approximately 300 scholarly publications, spanning social history, public policy, epidemiology and biostatistics, and health economics, as well as clinical and health services research in most fields of medicine. He has provided counsel to governments and healthcare associations, institutions, and enterprises in Canada and abroad for more than 25 years. Dr. Naylor served as chair of the National Advisory Committee on SARS and Public Health in 2003, and as a member of the panel that undertook the Review of Federal Support to R&D in 2010-11. In 2014 -15, he chaired the Advisory Panel on Healthcare Innovation, which delivered its report, Unleashing Innovation: Excellent Healthcare for Canada, to the federal government in July 2015.

Dr. Naylor is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences, a Foreign Associate Member of the US Institute of Medicine, and an Officer of the Order of Canada. He is also the recipient of various national and international awards for leadership in healthcare, research, public health, and higher education.

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