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Planning for the Next Pandemic: Defining the Federal Role in Public Health Emergencies

Kumanan Wilson and Harvey Lazar drafted this paper in the wake of the SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) outbreak in 2003, at a time when concerns over a potential avian flu outbreak loomed large. The authors suggest the handling of the SARS crisis, from a federal government perspective, revealed flaws in the Government of Canada’s response to public health emergencies.

Three Choices for the Future of Medicare

Gregory Marchildon examines what he considers three choices for the future of medicare: 1) the status quo: death by stealth; 2) tax transfer: death by execution; and 3) Ottawa as a real partner in medicare.