Storytelling leads the way for inclusive policy design
Gayathri Shukla: “Storytelling remains one of the most powerful tools available to ask questions, learn from diverse voices and clarify our shared values”Thursday March 16, 2023
Our health-care system belongs to all of us. It is not a possession of politicians, or the property of stakeholders claiming special status to speak in its interest. They are the custodians, the guardians to whom we have entrusted the system’s welfare.
The owners are the 39 million Canadians who increasingly feel disenchanted and disenfranchised by what until recently has served as a shining light of our nationhood. Their disappointment has approached a dangerous breaking point. It is well past time for the bold actions that will restore confidence and ensure excellence in what has been — and can again be — this country’s pride and joy.
We confront this objective as a group of reform-minded Canadians with deep roots in health care. We have come together — practitioners, administrators, and policy, academic and technology leaders — in a shared determination to fix what’s broken. The pandemic has placed tremendous pressure on the system. As the unprecedented challenges of COVID-19 have made clear, the status quo is not holding.
Patience and indifference toward political battles over funding have run out. Reforms needed to secure the future of Canadian health care are well known. In fact, some are already being implemented here and there, but they need to be adopted at scale. Widespread reform can’t wait any longer.
Here are the core assumptions we believe can drive reform in a manner that unites us — and breaks old deadlocks:
These priorities and principles should guide reform, which can and must be accelerated now. It doesn’t have to wait for a grand bargain that all governments bless at the same time. Reform should move forward now wherever the will exists to act. Ambition, purpose, urgency and leadership are required — along with the support of all of health care’s owners.
Are you in?
In the coming months, we will focus on reform that can happen now in areas including primary care, data and digital technology, care and wellness of older people, and mental health services.
Read the report. Follow our progress.
Our project, The Future of Health Care, is co-ordinated by the Public Policy Forum, an independent applied policy think tank that works with all orders of government and a broad cross-section of involved parties. This is not another research exercise. It will lean on many existing and insightful studies, as well as our first-hand knowledge and experience.
The Public Policy Forum has published our scene-setting paper that spells out the urgent opportunity for reform, and how to accelerate it.