Upcoming Events

A Snapshot of Ontario’s Health System

Are you interested in learning about how decisions about healthcare are made in Ontario?

The McMaster Health Forum Student Leadership Team is thrilled to bring you a crash-course on Ontario’s health system for beginners – whether you’re planning a career in health policy or you want to know how health policy decisions affect you!

Date: January 26th 2017, 12:00 – 1:30 PM

Location:McMaster Health Forum (Mills Library 4th Floor)

In this one and a half hour workshop Dr. Kaelan Moat will highlight the key ‘big-picture’ concepts that are most important to know about Ontario’s health system. Not only is this the perfect opportunity to understand how the system and its building blocks work together but this is also the time to question if the system has to be set up this way! Are we doing the best we can? Are there hidden agendas in the health system? What role can you play?

For those of you who are interested in a more in-depth understanding for your projects, courses (HTH SCI 3GG3), or for leisure, check out: Ontario’s Health System: Key Insights for Engaged Citizens, Professionals and Policymakers. Available on amazon:



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Resource for understanding Ontario’s health system

Have you ever wondered how the Ontario health system works? The newly published book ‘Ontario’s health system: Key insights for engaged citizens, professionals and policymakers’ can give you some answers.

This resource is available for purchase on (paperback copy), or freely available on the McMaster Health Forum Website (individual chapters).

Here are some additional details about the book.

  • Part 1 describes the ‘building blocks’ of the system, including who gets to make what decisions (governance arrangements), how money flows through the system (financial arrangements), and what and who make up the system’s infrastructure and workforce (delivery arrangements).
  • Part 2 explains how the building blocks are used to provide: 1) care in each of six sectors – home and community care, primary care, specialty care, rehabilitation care, long-term care, and public health; 2) care for four conditions or groupings
    of conditions – mental health and addictions, work-related injuries and diseases, cancer, and end of life; 3) care using select treatments – prescription and over-the-counter drugs, complementary and alternative therapies, and dental services; and 4) care for Indigenous peoples.
  • Part 3 describes recent and planned reforms to the system and assesses how the health system is performing.
  • The system is complex, so 66 tables and 25 figures have been included to aid understanding, including 16 ‘at-a-glance’ figures that summarize the policies, programs, places and people that are key to understanding particular types of care.



Upcoming Events

‘Top Ten’ webinar (Jan. 13, noon-1pm ET)

Interested in how to better support evidence-informed health systems? Join the McMaster Health Forum’s ‘Top Ten’ webinar (Jan. 13, noon-1pm ET) for insights from Fadi El-Jardali, Director of The K2P Centre in Beirut, Lebanon.  Register now for the webinar and join the discussion on Twitter via #MHFtop10.