HADM 369: Health Policy in Canada Report a Broken Link

This course is designed for students from a wide variety of backgrounds: health services, administrators, policymakers, practitioners, and clinicians. It provides in-depth discussion concerning the key political and administrative decision-making processes of the Canadian health systems. Particular emphasis is placed on the health policy development process and the issues associated to the welfare state.

Unit 1


Required Readings

Unit 2


Required Readings

Unit 6


Required Readings

Unit 7


Required Readings

Unit 8


Supplementary Readings
Gratzer, D. (1999). Code blue: Reviving Canada’s health care system. Toronto: ECW Press.
Available from Athabasca University Library

Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives Publications on this website include “Health Care Limited: The Privatization of Medicare” and various papers on reform initiatives in Ontario.
Centre for Health Services and Policy Research This is a non partisan resource for the analysis of Canadian policy issues that was established by UBC Political Science & Forest Resource Management. It includes, among other papers, “Private Highway, One Way Street: The Deklein and Fall of Canadian Medicare?”—a review of the private hospital proposal in Alberta.
Fraser Institute The Fraser Institute focuses on the role of competitive markets.
Canadian Health Sciences Research Foundation This site includes the “Mythbusters” series on topics such as the Canada Health Act, consumer choice, parallel private system, reduced waiting and sustainability. It also includes the “Depoliticizing Healthcare” papers commissioned by the Romanow Commission on the Future of Health Care in Canada.
The Birth of Medicare: CBC archives
The Canada Health Act: Overview and Options