News Release

REF NO.: 51

SUBJECT: Health care in Newfoundland and Labrador: What can we afford?

DATE: March 1, 2018

Memorial University’s Department of Economics and the Collaborative Applied Research in Economics (CARE) initiative invites the public and the media to attend a forum on health outcomes and health-care costs.

Health Care in Newfoundland and Labrador – A Forum on Health Outcomes and Health Costs will be held on Wednesday, March 7, in room M1M102, in the Faculty of Medicine's Medical Education Centre, on Memorial's St. John's campus. The forum will take place from 8:30 a.m.-4:45 p.m. The full schedule can be found here.

Members of the media are encouraged to attend.

Health care accounts for the largest government program in terms of expenditure in the province. Provincial government per capita spending on health care has increased by nearly 50 per cent since 2007; Newfoundland and Labrador spends substantially more per capita than any other province. Despite these expenditures, Newfoundland and Labrador has some of the worst health outcomes in the country.

This situation raises a number of questions. What can the various stakeholders and the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador do to improve either health outcomes or health-care costs, or both? What should we do, either as individuals or as a collective entity, to improve either health outcomes or health-care costs? Is there a legitimate role for private incentives to improve efficiency? Is public funding of health care the only way to protect equity and people’s entitlement? Is it a basic right or is it a privilege that needs to be conditioned by fiscal realities? Should entitlement to health care become conditioned by personal responsibility?
These questions and others will be addressed by the following key players and decision-makers involved in the management, governance, staffing, funding, delivery and utilization of health care in Newfoundland and Labrador:

• John Haggie, minister, Department of Health and Community Services
• Dr. Pat Parfrey, Quality of Care N.L./Choosing Wisely N.L.
• Dr. Linda Inkpen, College of Physicians and Surgeons
• Dr. Lynn Dwyer, president, Newfoundland and Labrador Medical Association
• Debbie Forward, president, Registered Nurses’ Union Newfoundland and Labrador
• Steve Gillingham, president, Pharmacists’ Association of Newfoundland and Labrador
• Dr. Margaret Steele, dean, Faculty of Medicine, Memorial University
• Sister Elizabeth Davis, board of directors, Gathering Place
• Mark Gruchy, Community Coalition for Mental Health
The event will be live streamed. Videos of each segment and the speakers’ presentation slides will also be made available after the event on the CARE website. To register, please visit online.

This forum has been made possible through the support of the Memorial University Vice-President (Academic) Scholarship in the Arts fund and CARE.

Follow along during the event on Twitter @CARE_mun and  @ECON_MUN or on Facebook@MUNEconomics.

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