HADM 339 / HSRV 339: Organization of the Canadian Health Care System Report a Broken Link

Health Administration 339: Organization of the Canadian Health Care System is a three-credit course designed to introduce the components of the Canadian health care system: patients, health care workers, facilities, and the policies and laws that tie them together.

Supplementary Readings


Unit 1


The assigned article by Nair and Karim discusses health care in and the health care systems of several nations. The following website provides demographic and other health information on over 30 countries, including those discussed by Nair and Karim. You may wish to consult the tables identified below to note trends over time.
Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. OECD Health Data 2010 – Frequently Requested Data, Retrieved June 28, 2011. Under the "List of key indicators", scroll down to "Health". Click “Download this Excel file” besides whatever item you want to download to open a file containing data tables. In the file, click the names of the tables you wish to explore, or tab through the worksheets. See especially

Life expectancy at birth, total population
Infant mortality rate, deaths per 1000 live births
Practising physicians, density per 1000 population
Curative (acute) care beds, density per 1000 population
Average length of stay for acute care, all conditions, days
Total expenditure on health, % of GDP
Public expenditure on health, % of total expenditure on health
Pharmaceutical expenditure, % of expenditure on health
Tobacco consumption, % of adult population who are daily smokers
See also the section of this Digital Reading Room titled “General Resources” that follows Unit 9 of this list.

Unit 2


Note that summaries of the reports identified below are assigned readings in Unit 2. Students may find it useful to review the full reports.
Stewart, D., Tate, R., Finlayson, G., MacWilliams, L. & Roos, N. (2002). Projecting hospital bed needs for 2020. Winnipeg: Manitoba Centre for Health Policy, University of Manitoba. Retrieved July 5, 2005.
Frohlich, N., De Coster, C. & Dik, N. (2002). Estimating personal care home bed requirements. Winnipeg: Manitoba Centre for Health Policy, University of Manitoba. Retrieved July 5, 2005.
The assigned readings for Unit 2 contain excerpts from the report by the National Advisory Committee on SARS and public health. The full report is identified below.
National Advisory Committee on SARS and Public Health. (2003). Learning from SARS—Renewal of public health in Canada. Ottawa: National Advisory Committee on SARS and Public Health. Retrieved July 5, 2005.

Unit 3


The readings for Unit 3 provide statistics on some demographic indicators available from Statistics Canada. More recent statistics may be available through the Web site identified below. Type your query into the search engine, or use the “Browse by subject” category at the top right on the main page (or in the left-hand navigation bar on some other pages).
Statistics Canada. (n.d.). English home page. Ottawa: Statistics Canada. Retrieved July 5, 2005.
The Canadian Cancer Society provides information about cancer incidence, treatments, research, etc., through the Web site identified below.
Canadian Cancer Society. (2002-2004). Home page. Toronto: Canadian Cancer Society. Retrieved July 5, 2005.

Unit 4


Please see the items listed in the section titled “General Resources” that follows Unit 9 of this list.

Unit 5


Please see the items listed in the section titled “General Resources” that follows Unit 9 of this list.

Unit 6


Please see the items listed in the section titled “General Resources” that follows Unit 9 of this list.

Unit 7


Please see the items listed in the section titled “General Resources” that follows Unit 9 of this list.

Unit 8


Please see the items listed in the section titled “General Resources” that follows Unit 9 of this list.

Unit 9


The following items are cited in the Supplementary materials list for Unit 9. See also the section titled “General Resources” in this Digital Reading Room.
Health Canada. (2003, December). Framework for Health Council. Retrieved May 16, 2005.
Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development. (2004, June). Health spending in most OECD countries rises, with U.S. far outstripping others. Retrieved May 16, 2005.
This press release is accompanied by useful charts. See
http://www.oecd.org/dataoecd/3/62/31938359.pdf
General Resources

The following pieces of federal legislation are discussed in the readings for Unit 1 and later units. You may wish to read them in full.
Government of Canada. (1985). Canada Health Act (R.S.1985, c.C-6). Updated to August 31, 2004. Ottawa: Department of Justice. Retrieved July 5, 2005.
Government of Canada. (n.d.). Canada Health and Social Transfer Regulations (SOR/97-468). Updated to August 31, 2004. Ottawa: Department of Justice. Retrieved July 5, 2005.
Government of Canada. (n.d.). Constitution Acts of 1867 and 1982. Ottawa: Department of Justice. Retrieved July 5, 2005.
Several reports on the current state and probable future development of the Canadian health care system have been produced in the last few years. The list below identified five of these reports—the first two come from federally established committees, the third and fourth are from provincial initiatives, and the final one is by a conservatively oriented, non-profit research organization.
Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology. (2002, October). Interim report: The health care of Canadians, 6 volumes (Kirby Report). Ottawa: Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology. Retrieved July 5, 2005.
Commission on the Future of Health Care in Canada. (2002, November). Building on Values: The future of health care in Canada (Romanow Report). Ottawa: Commission on the Future of Health Care in Canada. Retrieved July 5, 2005.
Alberta Health and Wellness. (2005). Unleashing innovation in health systems, a conference held at Calgary, Alberta, May 3-5, 2005—Presentations. Retrieved July 5, 2005.
Rachlis, M. (2000). Modernizing Medicare for the twenty-first century. Victoria: B.C. Health Innovation Forum, and British Columbian Ministry of Health and Ministry Responsible for Seniors. Retrieved July 5, 2005.
Conference Board of Canada (2004). Challenging health care system sustainability: understanding health system performance of leading countries. Ottawa: Conference Board of Canada. Retrieved July 5, 2005.
Note that the Canadian Institute for Health Information produces a series of annual reports that contain useful information on the development of Canada’s health care system. The reports identified below may be of particular interest to students in Health Administration 339.
Canadian Institute for Health Information. (Annual). Canada’s health care providers. Ottawa: Canadian Institute for Health Information. Retrieved July 5, 2005.
Canadian Institute for Health Information. (Annual). Health care in Canada. Ottawa: Canadian Institute for Health Information. Retrieved July 5, 2005.
Canadian Hospital Reporting Project 2012: Financial Indicator Trending. Retrieved November 1, 2012. This is an interactive tool that allows users to look at a selection of financial indicators for a given hospital, health region, or province.
Canadian Institute for Health Information. (Annual). Hospital mental health services in Canada. Ottawa: Canadian Institute for Health Information. Retrieved July 5, 2005.