Project Status: Active
Patients, caregivers, and the public have a right to help decide how our health dollars are spent. In 2018, the public sector paid for almost 70% of health services in Canada (about $180 billion). Deciding what the public purse should pay for can be complicated because the resources we have from the land and from our tax dollars aren't enough to cover the health services that the public wants. Funding some health services means sacrificing others, so Canadians should know what is most important to them when it comes to health care. In this project, a team of researchers, patient partners, and filmmakers are seeking to start a conversation about these issues through a series of short educational videos. These videos explore different ideas about health and health care costs and ask audiences to take part in imagining how Canada's health system can be the best it can be.
All videos created as part of this project are available to view here: HESM Health Economics Videos. Below, we provide further details about two video series – Challenges in Funding Healthcare (three videos) and Values & Healthcare (four videos). The Values & Healthcare videos are part of an on-going evaluation; summary findings from the evaluation will be available here in due course.
Project Leads: David Whitehurst & Nick Bansback
Patient and Public Values in Research
Diversity and Underserved Populations
Watch the Videos:
Challenges in Funding Healthcare
Funding the healthcare system isn't a straightforward process. Because we don't have unlimited funds, we can't have everything we want. This creates a series of challenges where decisions need to be made about what gets funding, and what doesn't. These videos explain some of the issues that policymakers must balance.
Values and Healthcare
Our values help us consider trade-offs and make decisions, whether that be in deciding where we live, what we eat, or how we spend our leisure time. But what does this mean in the context of healthcare, and how does this relate to research that looks at ‘value for money’?