Greg Stoddart, who co-founded CHEPA with Jonathan Lomas, and served as its co-ordinator from 1988 to 1990, has made numerous significant contributions to the field of health policy. He joined McMaster University in 1976, and retired in early 2008.
During his career, the field of health economics and policy analysis grew from only a handful of researchers to a major field of study in North America. Stoddart’s research, publications and consultations have helped shape health policy debate and decisions for more than two decades.
He conducted research on the effects of user charges that has frequently been used to brief Canada’s health ministers and their deputies, and directly affected public policy decisions in at least two provinces. His research on the effects of extra billing was instrumental in the development of the Canada Health Act.
Stoddart’s research covered a broad range of topics including the economics of health care, utilization analysis, human resource planning, alternative delivery modalities, methods and applications of economic evaluation of health services and social and economic determinants of health and health care utilization.
Stoddart continues to be involved in the work of CHEPA on a limited basis, through supervision of students and ongoing research projects.