Fall 2021 - HSCI 305 D100

The Canadian Health System (3)

Class Number: 2125

Delivery Method: Remote


  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
    EDB 7618, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 15, 2021
    11:30 AM – 11:30 AM
    TAKE HOME-EXAM, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    60 units, including nine HSCI units with a minimum grade of C-.



A comparative analysis of the Canadian health care financing and delivery systems and policies. History, organizational principles, health care resources, costs, access to care, quality, and equity. Societal and political issues, threats and values that affect Canada's health care system and others around the world.


We will examine historic events and values that have shaped the development of health care systems in Canada. We will discuss arrangements for financing and delivery of health care and management of health human resources. We will consider the role of the courts and the impact of trade agreements in health policy. Throughout the course, we will explore current policy debates, including coverage for pharmaceuticals, primary care reform, privatization, and management of wait lists. Finally, we will compare Canada’s health care system to those in other countries. Given that health services research and government policies are constantly changing, the instructor may add other topics to reflect recent developments


Competencies for BA and BSc programs in this course include:
- Health services and health policy (primary)
- Health systems and critical thinking (reinforcing)


  • Assignments 20%
  • Term Paper 20%
  • Mid-Term Exam 20%
  • Final Exam 30%
  • Participation 10%


Instructor may make changes to the syllabus within Faculty/University regulations.



Deber, R. Treating Health Care: How the Canadian System Works and How It Could Work Better. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2017.

ISBN: 1487521499

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