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Centre for Health Economics and Policy Analysis
Katherine Boothe

Katherine Boothe

Associate Professor, Political Science
Member, Centre for Health Economics and Policy Analysis


T: (905) 525-9140 ext. 21846

Department of Political Science
Kenneth Taylor Hall, Room 525
McMaster University
1280 Main Street West,
Hamilton, Ontario
L8S 4M4

Katherine Boothe is an Associate Professor in McMaster’s Political Science department and a member of CHEPA. She holds a PhD and an MA from the University of British Columbia and a BA (Hons.) from the University of Alberta. Her research focuses on comparative public policy in advanced industrial democracies, with a focus on health policy, particularly the development and reform of public pharmaceutical insurance programs.


  • Canadian and comparative politics
  • public policy in advanced industrial democracies
  • health and social policy
  • federalism 


Boothe K. Pharmaceutical policy reform in Canada: lessons from history. Health Economics, Policy and Law. 2018. doi:10.1017/S1744133117000408

Morgan S, Boothe K. 2016. Universal prescription drug coverage in Canada: long-promised yet undelivered. Joint Issue of Healthcare Management Forum (Canada) and Health Services Management Research (Europe). 2016.  29(6):247-254.

Boothe K. Evaluating the cost-effectiveness of pharmaceuticals in CanadaHealth Reform Observer – Observatoire des Réformes de Santé. 2016. 14(1): 1-20.

Boothe K. Ideas and the pace of change: national pharmaceutical insurance in Canada, Australia, and the United Kingdom. Toronto:
University of Toronto Press. 2015.

Boothe K. Ideas and the limits on program expansion: the failure of nation-wide pharmacare in Canada, 1944-2002. Canadian Journal of Political Science. 2013. 46(2): 419-453.

Boothe K. How the pace of change affects the scope of reform: pharmaceutical insurance in Canada, Australia and the UK. Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law. 2012. 37(5): 779-814.

Morgan S, Boothe K. Prescription drug subsidies in Australia and New Zealand. Australian Prescriber. 2010. 33: 2-4. (peer-reviewed commentary).

Boothe K, Harrison K. The influence of institutions on issues definition: children’s environmental health policy in the United States and Canada. Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis.2009.11(3): 287-307.

Morgan S, Kennedy J,  Boothe K, McMahon M, Watson D, Roughead E. Toward an understanding of high performance pharmaceutical policy systems: A “triple-A” framework and example analysis. The Open Health Services and Policy Journal. 2009. 2:1-9. 


  • comparative public policy
  • health policy
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