How Can We Contain Health Costs and Improve Health Equity?

March 2, 2017 from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM (ET)


Offered by the National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health (NCCHDH)

This webinar was available in English only.


The central question for this webinar is: Would dividing healthcare dollars up differently—with more money going to improve people’s living conditions and less to acute care — help us achieve better health outcomes for all Canadians. And could this be done without growing health costs?

The presenters and participants will explore

  • evidence that demographic and economic pressures are stretching Canada’s ability to maintain its system of individual-centered health care
  • evidence that greater investment in upstream action from within the health sector is both socially just and economically sound
  • arguments for and against moving acute care dollars into preventative health programs and policies


Karen Fish, Knowledge translation specialist, NCCDH

Karen has worked for 20+ years as a researcher, writer, and editor specializing in health, science, and science & society issues. She helped communicate the results of studies into such topics as youth resilience, university-community collaborations to improve the health determinants, and citizen engagement processes for mobilizing people around health determinants issues. She earned her Bachelor of Journalism from Carleton University and her MA in Educational Technology from Concordia University.

Additional speaker TBD


This session will be based on the NCCDH publication, “Economic arguments for shifting health dollars upstream.”


This event is approved for up to 6.5 credits by the Office for Continuing Professional Development. The Office for CPD, Faculty of Medicine, McGill University is fully accredited by the Committee on Accreditation of Canadian Medical Education (CACME). This event is an Accredited Group Learning Activity as defined by the Maintenance of Certification program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

Through an agreement between the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and the American Medical Association, physicians may convert Royal College MOC credits to AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Information on the process to convert Royal College MOC credit to AMA credit can be found at Each physician should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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