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Centre for Health Economics and Policy Analysis

Centre for Health Economics and Policy Analysis


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.

  • National award for student’s essay on healthcare challenges of working poor

    Undergraduate student Xiaoyu (Elaine) Guo has won the 2017 Jack Boan Student Essay competition, which is awarded annually by the Justice Emmett Hall Foundation

    Guo, who was supervised by Emmanuel Guindon, will receive the award at the Canadian Association for Health Services and Policy Research (CAHSPR) conference, being held in Toronto May 24-26.

    Independently of the award, Guo will present her paper, Socioeconomic gradients in supplementary health insurance coverage: Evidence from two repeated cross-sectional datasets, on Weds May 24 at the conference. For more information about her essay, click here.

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  • Welcome to Jean-Éric Tarride, CHEPA's new Director

    Jean-Eric TarrideWelcome to Jean-Éric Tarride, who became CHEPA's new Director on May 1.
    Tarride is an Associate Professor in McMaster's Department of Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact (HEI); an Associate Director of the Programs for Assessment of Technology in Health (PATH), The Research Institute of St. Joe’s Hamilton, St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton; an Associate Member in the Department of Economics at McMaster; and a long-time member of CHEPA. 

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  • Call for applications for CIHR-CADTH-McMaster Health System Impact post-doctoral fellowship

    sized Fellowship TweetMcMaster’s Health Policy PhD program is inviting interested PhD graduates, or near-graduates, to apply for a one-year post-doctoral fellowship in health services and policy research (HSPR) with a focus on public and patient engagement in health technology management.

    This impact-oriented fellowship will have the successful applicant spend half of their time at McMaster with the Centre for Health Economics and Policy Analysis (CHEPA), Programs for Assessment of Technology in Health (PATH) and the Department of Health Evidence and Impact (HEI); the other half will be spent with the fellowship partner organization, the Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health (CADTH). 
    Applications will be accepted until June 15th, and will be reviewed as they are received. The one-year position will begin no later than Sept. 1, 2017.

    For more information see the Call for Applications.

    To apply, send an up-to-date CV with a 1-page statement of interest and a list of two referees to:

    Dr. Julia Abelson
    Professor, Department of Health Research Methods, Evidence and Impact (HEI)
    McMaster University, 1280 Main Street West, CRL 203
    c/o Terry Martens (email:

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CHEPA Seminar Series

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

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