Home Page Election 2019 News Opinion Foreign Policy Politics Policy Legislation Lobbying Hill Life & People Hill Climbers Heard On The Hill Calendar Archives Classifieds
Hill Times Events Inside Ottawa Directory Hill Times Store Hill Times Careers The Wire Report The Lobby Monitor Parliament Now
Subscribe Free Trial Reuse & Permissions Advertising
Log In
Opinion

Why hiring consultants to fix our healthcare system doesn’t work

By Paul G. Thomas      

'Too many healthcare consultants follow a Sherlock Holmes approach: It's elementary Dr. Watson.' Their diagnoses of the ailments of the health system are typically dire. Their prescriptions for a cure are accordingly radical.'

'One danger with consultants is their tendency to apply the same template regardless of which health system they are examining. Their reports tend to follow a similar format. They are dominated by the ascendant management ideas (so-called best practices) and laden with buzzwords,' writes Paul Thomas. File photograph

There are three main reasons why governments turn to consultants for help. First, they often believe that the leadership of health organizations will be unwilling to deliver budgetary restraint and innovation because they want to protect the status and budgets of their organizations. Consultants are seen to provide independent and objective advice.

Explore, analyze, understand
Inside Ottawa Directory – 2020 Edition
The handy reference guide includes: riding profiles, MPs by province, MP contact details, both Hill and constituency and more.

Get the book
Inside Ottawa Directory – 2019 Edition
The handy reference guide includes: riding profiles, MPs by province, MP contact details, both Hill and constituency and more.

Get the book
Spinning History: A Witness to Harper’s Canada and 21st Century choices
An unvarnished look at the Harper years and what lies ahead for Canadians

Get the book
Related Policy Briefings
Agriculture Policy Briefing
Short and informative analyses on policy challenges that bring background and recommendations to policymakers, journalists and the general public.

Read policy briefing
Defence Policy Briefing
Short and informative analyses on policy challenges that bring background and recommendations to policymakers, journalists and the general public.

Read policy briefing
Environment
Short and informative analyses on policy challenges that bring background and recommendations to policymakers, journalists and the general public.

Read policy briefing

Politics This Morning

Get the latest news from The Hill Times

Politics This Morning


Your email has been added. An email has been sent to your address, please click the link inside of it to confirm your subscription.

House staff say remote voting app could be ready by September

News|By Palak Mangat
Conservative MP Corey Tochor says the new application is the most expensive way to vote. A House official says the app has been developed using existing staff and budgets.

Stalled Liberal agenda awaits fall return of Parliament

The time is ripe for the Liberals to strike a deal on pharmacare, says former Liberal adviser John Delacourt.

Government spending tops $392-billion, and counting, for 2020-21

Spending by Employment and Social Development Canada has risen by $74-billion compared to last year.

Effective handling of COVID-19 pushes Liberals into majority territory; Conservatives must ready an alternative vision, say pollsters

News|By Abbas Rana
Canadians currently are primarily paying attention to the federal and provincial governments, and not the opposition parties, because of the economic and health implications of the outbreak, says Frank Graves.

Restoring trust to help in race-based data collection could be ‘impossible’—unless communities control the data, say Indigenous experts

News|By Palak Mangat
'A lot of the ambivalence towards collection is actually a fear of what the data is going to show, from the institutions that are now being asked to collect that data,' says Akwasi Owusu-Bempah.

Feds’ policing reforms should respect self-governance of Indigenous people, say experts, Parliamentarians, in wake of deadly, violent run-ins with police

News|By Palak Mangat
'Our relationship with police has been one of violence, from the colonial nature of everything that has happened in Canada,' says Judith Sayers, president of the Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council in Port Alberni, B.C.

Lack of privacy oversight could hurt buy-in for COVID contact-tracing app, say critics

'I get we're in a pandemic, and I'm very supportive of using the technology, but until I know that it respects the basic rights and has the highest standards, I can't see that it's going to work,' said MP Charlie Angus.

‘I felt silenced’: voices missing from Upper Chamber’s systemic racism debate, say some Senators, highlighting need for hybrid model

Senator Mobina Jaffer is among those who say the in-person-only approach to spring Senate sittings limited participation and worries it will remain in place when Parliament returns in September.

Mounting deaths stemming from police wellness checks a ‘wake-up call,’ says Senator

‘We need to address poverty and support community programs to prevent many of the situations that police are being asked to handle with guns and handcuffs,' says NDP critic Don Davies.
Your group subscription includes premium access to Politics This Morning briefing.