1 The report of the WHO was
released in June, 2000. Details are available at
2 This Royal Commission was
a group appointed by the Canadian federal government to conduct a major inquiry
into the future of Canada’s health care system. It was chaired by former
Saskatchewan Premier Roy Romanow, and released its report at the end of
November, 2002. Throughout this talk, when I refer to the Romanow Report, it is
to this document that I am referring.
3 Will the Baby Boomers Bust
the Health Budget? Demographic Change and Health Care Financing Reform,
C.D. Howe Institute Commentary 148: February, 2001.
4 The qualifications are
that for a small number of chronic conditions, such as hypertension and vision
care, poor patients in these conditions underspent on care. Part of the
advantage of the RAND experiment is in helping us to identify areas, such as
these, where poor patients’ health can be improved by targeted subsidies.
5 Michael Walker and Martin
Zelder, Critical Issues Bulletin — Waiting Your Turn: Hospital Waiting Lists
in Canada, Fraser Institute, Vancouver, published annually.
6 Brian Lee Crowley and
David Zitner, Public Health, State Secret, Atlantic Institute for Market
Studies, Halifax, 2001. Available at
7 David Zitner, Canadian
Health Insurance: An Unregulated Monopoly: Atlantic Institute for Market
8 David Harriman, William
McArthur and Martin Zelder, Public Policy Sources #28: The Availability of
Medical Technology in Canada: An International Comparative Study, Fraser
Institute, Vancouver, 1999.
9 Brian Lee Crowley, Brian
Ferguson, David Zitner and Brett Skinner, Definitely Not the Romanow Report,
Atlantic Institute for Market Studies, Halifax, 2002. Available at
Crowley the "intellectual architect" of the committee's report.