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Centre for Health Economics and Policy Analysis

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CHEPA researchers have helped shape Canada’s health system for more than a quarter-century. They continue that tradition today, investigating pressing issues such as the relationship between doctors’ pay and health system costs; ethical concerns related to who gets what care and who has a say in it, and whether evidence supports the health decisions being made.

The centre was founded in 1988 by a group of health economics and health policy analysis pioneers -  Greg Stoddart, Jonathan Lomas, Roberta Labelle, David FeenyGeorge Torrance and Amiram Gafni - to be a multidisciplinary centre with research, teaching and service activities that provide timely and relevant evidence to inform policy-making at all levels of the health-care system.

It continues this tradition today, working at the intersection of the health and social sciences, evaluating how Ontario’s health system is performing and supporting the development of policies to enhance the system’s effectiveness and sustainability. Evidence about what works and what could be improved derives from the study of how well policies achieve their objectives and the consideration of values such as fairness and patient-centredness.

Using the tools of economics, sociology, political science and ethics, CHEPA researchers address issues such as:

  • Explaining and measuring the factors that cause social inequalities in health.
  • Finding the best ways to pay health-care providers and manage human resources to achieve higher quality and better outcomes for the money spent.
  • Researching the best methods for assessing new health technologies and treatments, as well as the social implications of these methods.
  • Assessing the roles of values and ethical considerations in health policy.
  • Using public and community engagement to learn about the health system.
  • Finding ways to support evidence-informed policymaking.

CHEPA’s knowledge exchange program, which uses multiple strategies for communicating and sharing information, ensures the knowledge generated through the work of its members is effectively communicated to health system decision-makers and other stakeholders. Collaboration with those who use the research ensures that CHEPA’s work meets the specific needs of these individuals and groups. Complementary initiatives, such as a rapid-response evidence service and training, enables health system leaders to identify and act on evidence and values in a timely way.

  • Cash on delivery: do incentives work to boost maternal health?

    Rates of maternal, newborn and child mortality remain unacceptably high in the developing world. A CHEPA seminar on Wednesday Feb. 17 a looks at measKaren A. Grepinures taken in Kenya to overcome barriers preventing women from delivering their babies in a health clinic.

     In the seminar, entitled Cash on delivery and other mobile maternal health incentives: evidence from a randomized trial in Kenya, Karen A. Grépin, assistant professor of global health policy at New York University, will discuss the results of a randomized study conducted in early 2013, when 1,600 pregnant women in rural Kenya received different demand side incentives via mobile phone to boost the utilization of maternal health services.

    These were: maternal vouchers (full or partial subsidy), transportation subsidies (conditional or unconditional on clinic attendance), and SMS text reminders.
    These were: maternal vouchers (full or partial subsidy), transportation subsidies (conditional or unconditional on clinic attendance), and SMS text reminders.

    The seminar will be held on Weds. Feb. 17 from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Communications Research Lab (CRL) B119. All are welcome. The seminar will be available remotely for those unable to attend.

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CHEPA Seminar Series

CHEPA sponsors a regular series of seminars presented by invited speakers. For a schedule of future CHEPA seminars, click here.

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