With the Quebec hospital network’s difficulties continuing to make headlines, especially when it comes to wait times, calls to reform the way hospitals are funded have become increasingly common in recent months. At the beginning of the year, the director general of the McGill University Health Center and the Quebec Association of Health and Social Services Institutions each in turn proposed that hospitals should from now on be financed according to services provided, as is done in many countries. The Quebec government has answered the call by convening a panel of experts whose mandate is to evaluate the feasibility of a pilot project on activity-based funding for the hospital network. This is without a doubt a step in the right direction.
Media release :: Activity-based hospital funding helps reduce surgery wait times
|Pay for performance prescription (Sun Media, June 12, 2012)
To improve health services, change the way hospitals are funded (The Gazette, June 8, 2012)
Make money follow hospital patients (National Post, May 23, 2012)
Le financement des hôpitaux à l’activité: l’attente a assez duré (quebec.huffingtonpost.ca, May 19, 2012)