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How Ontario health system reforms impact medicare

by Susan Emigh

Published: May 29, 2007
Dr. Michael Rachlis
Dr. Michael Rachlis, an associate professor at the University of Toronto's Department of Health Policy Management and Evaluation

The vision of medicare by Canadian icon Tommy Douglas had two stages.

The man called the founder of medicare in Canada saw the first step as public payment of the treatment and hospital-oriented system.  He saw the second stage as the reorganization of the health delivery system to focus on prevention and community-based care.  According to Dr. Michael Rachlis, a private consultant in health policy analysis who will give two lectures at McMaster University on Wednesday, May 30, "Medicare would have many fewer problems today if we had followed Douglas’s original vision."

In the past few years, Ontario has been significantly changing its health care system.  The question of how these changes affect the medicare system is the subject of two lectures.

Rachlis will speak to both Hamilton health care professionals and students and faculty of McMaster about the role of universities in the changes to medicare at a session from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. in room 3020 of the Michael G. DeGroote Centre for Learning and Discovery.

He will talk about how the Ontario health system reforms will impact medicare at a public lecture from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. in room 3020 of the Michael G. DeGroote Centre for Learning and Discovery.

Dr. Rachlis is an alumnus of McMaster University. He did his internship in Hamilton in 1975-76 and returned to complete a residency in community medicine from 1984-88. He is an associate professor at the University of Toronto’s Department of Health Policy Management and Evaluation.

The lectures are the annual Henry and Sylvia Wong Forum in Medicine. The forum was established by the couple, who are both McMaster alumni, for the advancement of research and public education. It features an eminent practitioner or researcher discussing current public issues and interests in medical research.

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