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Health Systems in Transition: Canada, Third Edition

by (author) Gregory Marchildon, Sara Allin & Sherry Merkur

University of Toronto Press
Initial publish date
Apr 2021
Health Care Issues, General, General
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The health care system in Canada receives a great deal of international attention, but it is subject to considerable critique and debate locally. Health Systems in Transition: Canada provides an insightful and objective analysis of the organization, governance, financing, and delivery of health care as well as comparisons between the Canadian system and others internationally.


This book draws on a wide range of empirical studies and statistical data within Canada and across comparable countries to provide a thorough description of the many facets of health care in Canada. Drawing on the most reliable and recent data available, this study reveals the strengths and weakness of Canadian health care. This assessment is based on numerous comparisons of Canada to peer countries (Australia, France, Germany, Netherlands, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the United States) and among provinces and territories within Canada. It will be of interest to scholars and students in Canada wanting to learn more about the largest and most celebrated public program, and for those outside Canada interested in comparative systems and policy research.

About the authors

Gregory P. Marchildon is a Canada Research Chair in Public Policy and Economic History at the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy, University of Regina. He was executive director of the Royal Commission on the Future of Health Care in Canada (the Romanow Commission). His most recent books include Health Systems in Transition: Canada (2013) and Nunavut: A Health System Profile (2013).

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Sara Allin is an assistant professor with the Institute of Health, Policy and Evaluation at the University of Toronto, and Director of Operations with the North American Observatory on Health Systems and Policies.

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Sherry Merkur is a Technical Officer/Research Fellow at the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies, based at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).

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