Primary Care In Canada: So Much Innovation, So Little Change Policymakers, in pursuit of a "big bang," may have missed crucial opportunities to improve primary care in Canada

Department of Family Medicine, and Centre for Health Economics and Policy Analysis, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario.
Health Affairs (Impact Factor: 4.97). 05/2001; 20(3):116-31. DOI: 10.1377/hlthaff.20.3.116
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The development of Canadian primary care has been shaped by a series of policy legacies that continue to affect the possibilities for change in primary care through their cumulative effects on the health care system and the process of health policy development. The pursuit of radical systemwide change in the face of unfavorable circumstances (created in large part by those legacies) has resulted in missed opportunities for cumulative incremental change. While major changes in primary care policy seem unlikely in the near future, significant incremental change is possible, but it will require a reorientation of the policy development process.

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