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Centre for Health Economics and Policy Analysis

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CHEPA researchers have helped shape Canada’s health system for more than a quarter-century. They continue that tradition today, investigating pressing issues such as the relationship between doctors’ pay and health system costs; ethical concerns related to who gets what care and who has a say in it, and whether evidence supports the health decisions being made.

The centre was founded in 1988 by a group of health economics and health policy analysis pioneers -  Greg Stoddart, Jonathan Lomas, Roberta Labelle, David FeenyGeorge Torrance and Amiram Gafni - to be a multidisciplinary centre with research, teaching and service activities that provide timely and relevant evidence to inform policy-making at all levels of the health-care system.

It continues this tradition today, working at the intersection of the health and social sciences, evaluating how Ontario’s health system is performing and supporting the development of policies to enhance the system’s effectiveness and sustainability. Evidence about what works and what could be improved derives from the study of how well policies achieve their objectives and the consideration of values such as fairness and patient-centredness.

Using the tools of economics, sociology, political science and ethics, CHEPA researchers address issues such as:

  • Explaining and measuring the factors that cause social inequalities in health.
  • Finding the best ways to pay health-care providers and manage human resources to achieve higher quality and better outcomes for the money spent.
  • Researching the best methods for assessing new health technologies and treatments, as well as the social implications of these methods.
  • Assessing the roles of values and ethical considerations in health policy.
  • Using public and community engagement to learn about the health system.
  • Finding ways to support evidence-informed policymaking.

CHEPA’s knowledge exchange program, which uses multiple strategies for communicating and sharing information, ensures the knowledge generated through the work of its members is effectively communicated to health system decision-makers and other stakeholders. Collaboration with those who use the research ensures that CHEPA’s work meets the specific needs of these individuals and groups. Complementary initiatives, such as a rapid-response evidence service and training, enables health system leaders to identify and act on evidence and values in a timely way.

  • Paris health economist to talk about outcomes of efforts to develop primary care teams in France

    Julien MousquesFrench health economist Julien Mousquès says France has more barriers to the development of group medical practices than other countries, many of which have policies that explicitly encourage integrated primary care systems as a way to promote efficiency in health care.

    In a CHEPA seminar on May 18, Mousquès, the Research Director at the Institute for Research and Information in Health Economics (Institut de Recherche et Documentation en Economie de la santé, IRDES) in Paris, will describe the impact on efficiency, productivity, and patient outcomes of a reform in France designed to encourage the development of integrated Primary Care Teams (PCTs).

    His presentation, Learnings about the impact of integrated care on efficiency - The cases of  French Primary Care Teams in France and Accountable Care Organizations in the USA, will also describe results from qualitative and explanatory research on the impact of Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) in the United States.

    The seminar will be held on Weds. May 18 from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Communications Research Lab (CRL) B119. All are welcome. The seminar will be available remotely for those unable to attend.

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CHEPA Seminar Series

CHEPA sponsors a regular series of seminars presented by invited speakers. For a schedule of future CHEPA seminars, click here.

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