The Health System of Canada

Using Canada as the country, use the OECD, WHO, and HiT (links in resources) reports websites
together with other resources, to !!!!create two tables!!!.
• The 1st table should include a description of the key features of the health funding
arrangements for your country!!!.
• The 2nd table should provide a set of criteria that could include normative criteria
(such as equity) as well as more descriptive features (such as the extent to which the
chosen country relies on private insurance, social insurance etc.).
Include an element of both normative and descriptive criteria.
Please note: These should be brief; the tables are not counted in the word limit.
Next, reflecting on the two tables you have produced, write a brief summary on how the
country’s systems seek to allocate and manage its resources, identifying the key ‘enablers’
and the ‘barriers’ to integrated, whole system working. (Barriers and enablers are the (Supper
et al., 2015) pdf. Please review this and cite from there.
This is a short (750 word +/- 10% maximum) assignment! so it is important to be clear about
the focus from the beginning. This is not an exercise in data presentation. The focus is on the
evaluation of the underlying ethos of your chosen health system, together with a critique of
the main structures and mechanisms by which the health system seeks to ensure that the
resources are used effectively and efficiently to meet the needs of individuals and
Websites to use + References:
Canada’s healthcare system explained:
Health Canada. (2016). Canada’s health care system – [online] Available at: [Accessed
8 May 2018].
HiT website:
European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies (no date) Health systems in transition
(HiT) series. Available at:
in-transition-hit-series (Accessed: 05 May 2018).
OECD website:
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (2013) Health at a glance (2013).
Available at: (Accessed:
05 May 2018).
WHO Websites:
World Health Organization (no date) Health systems. Available at: (Accessed: 28 April 2014).
Handler, A., Issel, M. & Turnock, B. (2001) ‘A conceptual framework to measure performance of
the public health system’, American Journal of Public Health, 91(8), pp. 1235-1239.
Merson, M.H., Black, R.E. and Mills, A.J. (2012) Global health: diseases, programs, systems and
policies. 3rd edn. Burlington, MA: Jones and Bartlett Learning.
Chapter 12, ‘The design of health systems’, pp. 615-646
Chapter 13, ‘Management and planning for global health’, pp. 653-706
Smith, P.C., Mossialos, E. & Papanicolas, I. (2008) ‘Performance measurement for health system
improvement: experiences, challenges and prospects’, WHO Ministerial Conference on Health
Systems, Tallin, Estonia, 25‒27 June. Available at: (Accessed: 05 May
Supper, I. Catala, O. Lustman, M. Chemla, C. Bourgueil, Y. & Letrilliart, L. (2015)
‘Interprofessional collaboration in primary health care: a review of facilitators and barriers
perceived by involved actors.’ Journal of Public Health, 37(4) 1 pp 716–727 Available
at: [Accessed 05 May 2018]
Van Wyck, G. (2010) Gareth Morgan’s organisational metaphors: perspectives on organisations
[Online]. Available from
ca/myfiles/GarethMorgan.pdf (Accessed: 05 May 2018).

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