How does the way doctors are paid affect health-care costs and quality? How can we fund the need for long-term care of Canada’s growing population of seniors efficiently? How do we make sure care is delivered according to the best available scientific evidence, in a manner that is consistent with professional autonomy and responsive to patients' needs?
Those are the kind of questions that have been studied for the past 25 years by faculty at CHEPA, which was officially opened on May 26, 1988 and this year celebrates its silver anniversary.
The founding and growth of CHEPA parallels the genesis and growth of health economics as a research field. CHEPA researchers, who bring together the tools and methods of social sciences (economics, sociology, political science), humanities (philosophy, ethics), management, and clinical sciences, have directly helped to shape Canada’s health-care system, driving the development of the internationally-recognized Health Utilities Index and implementing methods for the economic evaluation of health-care services, systems and programs, as well as pioneering the field of health policy analysis.
Photo shows CHEPA's founding faculty in 1988: From left: David Feeny, coordinator Greg Stoddart, Roberta Labelle, associate coordinator Jonathan Lomas, Amiram Gafni, George Torrance.