The Paradox of Productivity, Technology, and Innovation in Canadian Healthcare

May 1, 2017

Measures to raise the rate of productivity growth in the Canadian economy have been a prominent element in the country's economic policy debate. With healthcare now accounting for well over one-tenth of Canadian GDP, the efficiency with which healthcare resources are used has a significant impact on overall productivity, and issues relating to new technology and innovation in healthcare have been attracting increasing attention. This C. D. Howe Institute report examines the importance of productivity growth in Canada's health care sector, provides updated statisitcs on the topic, and provides policy recommendations for how Canada can further bolster the productivity of its healthcare sector.