"Further, our analysis of the values of each of the comparator OECD countries varied widely from Canadian health systems values. Values expressed in the comparator OECD countries tend to focus more directly on healthy, active living, patient choice, and health literacy, a stark contrast to Canadian health systems values," added Dr. Snowdon. "These OECD countries have also achieved greater quality outcomes in their health systems. As a country we have not focused on healthy, active living as a priority."To successfully shift the Canadian health care system to one that is cost-effective, sustainable, and patient-centric, the Centre recommends the following:
- Align health system values with Canadian values, in order to develop a system that is focused on strengthening health and quality of life for the Canadian population.
- Align health system performance metrics and funding models with Canadian values, focusing on health and wellness as a central mandate.
- Re-examine health workforce values relative to the needs and values of Canadians, who strive for personalized and collaborative relationships with health providers to achieve health and wellness.