The Canadian Alliance for Sustainable Health Care (CASHC)
All Canadians have a relationship with the health system in one way or another. Despite significant increases in public funding and ongoing efforts to reform services all across the country, the state of health and health care is a top concern for Canadians. An absence of clear goals, a system designed for a previous era, inadequate use of innovative technologies and modern management tools, and a misalignment with the needs of an aging population are just some of the weaknesses of the status quo. The Canadian Alliance for Sustainable Health Care (CASHC) was created to respond to the reality that Canada’s current public health care system is fiscally unsustainable.
Through CASHC, The Conference Board of Canada researches and analyzes the full range of issues and possible solutions for both governments and employers. This dual focus sets this initiative apart from other health care research, as does its scope. The research framework includes health care systemic challenges, as well as challenges related to institutional and professional competencies, and to governance. We leverage the quantitative analysis skills of our economic and forecast analysis team, together with the organizational performance and public policy expertise in other divisions of the Conference Board.
The Economic Burden of Pneumonia in Canada: A Status Quo Forecast, April 2017
This briefing estimates the future economic burden of pneumonia in Canada up to 2025 for the population aged 65 and over.
The Market Profile of Physiotherapists in Canada, March 2017
This briefing—the second in a series of three that explores the role, value, and potential of physiotherapy services—aims to present a profile of the physiotherapy market in Canada and quantify the demand and supply of physiotherapy services.
The Role of Physiotherapy in Canada: Contributing to a Stronger Health Care System, March 2017
This report—the first in a series of three that explores the role, value, and potential of physiotherapy services—aims to provide an understanding of the role of physiotherapy in the health care system and provides a review of various areas of practice.
Future Care for Canadian Seniors: A Primer on Nursing Supply and Demand, March 2017
Given the increase in Canadian seniors who will need continuing care supports over the next 30 years, growth in demand for nursing will far outstrip general labour force growth and therefore require changes to the health system and nursing practices.
Value of Consumer Health Products: The Impact of Switching Prescription Medications to Over-the-Counter, March 2017
This report examines the economic impact of switching three categories of drugs from prescription to over the counter, and the impact on stakeholders including private insurers, individuals, employers, and the health care system.
The Implications of Taxing Employer-Paid Health and Dental Benefits, February 2017
The federal government is reviewing the taxation of employer-paid health and dental benefits. This briefing looks at financial implications for Canadian tax payers who receive these benefits.
The Value of Radiology in Canada, January 2017
Radiology is an integral component of the health system. This report presents a framework for better establishing the value of radiology in improving population health and the health care system.
Moving Ahead: School-Based Interventions to Reduce Physical Inactivity and Sedentary Behaviour, November, 2016
Decreased physical activity and increased sedentary behaviour are linked to overweight, obesity, and chronic diseases. This report evaluates school-based interventions to address these issues among children and youth.
Managing Mobility: Transportation in an Aging Society, October, 2016
Canada's population is aging rapidly, creating more pressing transportation challenges and risks. This briefing discusses some key challenges and opportunities for improving transportation policy for seniors.
Healthy Brains at Work: Estimating the Impact of Workplace Mental Health Benefits and Programs, September, 2016
This third briefing in a four part Healthy Brains at Work series presents an estimate of the potential impact on the economy if effective mental health benefits and workplace programs were enhanced in Canada.
Feeling at Home: A Survey of Canadians on Senior Care, July 28, 2016
This briefing looks at the results of a survey on future health care for Canada's growing population of seniors and draws important conclusions for government policy-makers, service providers, and individuals.
Financial Models and Fiscal Incentives: Proceedings From the Healthy Canada Conference, June 2016
This report summarizes the presentations and discussion from the first Healthy Canada conference—Financial Models and Fiscal Incentives in Health and Health Care—organized by the Canadian Alliance for Sustainable Health Care
Improving Access to Canadian Health Care: The Role of Tax Policies, May 2016
This research assesses several Canadian fiscal and tax policies related to health care. It examines their role in providing access to uninsured or underinsured health care services, and their costs in terms of foregone federal revenues.
Multiple Sclerosis in the Workplace: Supporting Successful Employment Experiences, May 2016
This report provides a high-level understanding of the MS experience in Canada as it pertains to employment issues, and describes the relative success of treatments and strategies to mitigate the impacts of the disease in the workplace.
Canada’s Seniors Population Projection, April 2016
Canada’s Seniors Population: A 35 Year Projection by Province shows how the senior population and senior care—spending, employment, and caregivers—is expected to change in each province between 2011 and 2046.
Funding Canadian Health Care in 2035: Strategic Foresight Scenarios, March 2016
Based on two key drivers—technology uptake and funding expectations—this briefing lays out four divergent funding scenarios for 2035 and considers how a Canadian health care strategy might be shaped within the context of each of these futures.
Inclusive Growth: A New Approach to Economic Evaluation of Health Policy, March 2016
This report discusses the OECD's “inclusive growth” methodology—developed to evaluate policies based on their effects on aggregate living standards. This entails constructing an index of living standards that incorporates income, life expectancy, unemployment rates, and inequality. Unlike many indexes of well-being, the weighting between factors is based on willingness to sacrifice income to achieve a benchmark life expectancy and unemployment rate.
Healthy Brains at Work: Employer-Sponsored Mental Health Benefits and Programs, February 2016
The second report in CASHC's four-part Healthy Brains at Work research series explores employer-sponsored benefits and programs in Canada that address mental health conditions. It explores the guidelines and standards employers are using to implement their mental health strategy, reveals how these offerings differ among both employers and industries, and discusses the barriers and challenges employers encounter in implementing a mental health strategy or policy.