Hospital funding reforms require transparency and collaboration: study
Changing the way hospitals are funded may be one way to improve health care system sustainability.
Some Canadian hospitals are moving towards “patient based” hospital funding to replace annual global budgets. Linking funding to quality of patient care in a bid to improve care and achieve better patient outcomes may encourage smarter use of limited resources.
But a recent study by Karen Palmer, an SFU health sciences adjunct professor, finds that achieving major changes in complex health care systems can be fraught with challenges.