Release Date: September 29, 2009
Media Contact: Dale Johnson, External Relations
Phone: 306-585-5439
Mobile: 306-536-4312
Fax: 306-585-4997
Is the recession good for health care reform?
Tom McIntosh, an associate professor of political science at the University of Regina says a recent survey by the Canadian Medical Association stating that the current recession negatively impacts the health of Canadians may be an opportunity for reform.

"While the recession may be harmful to the health of Canadians, it may also provide an important opportunity to make the kind of changes to the health system that numerous studies, commissions and reports have been urging for the past 10 years. And making those changes could reduce the negative health impacts of future economic downturns," he says. McIntosh will deliver the latest Coffee House Controversies lecture on Thursday, Oct. 1 at 7:30 p.m. in Chapters bookstore behind the Southland Mall (2625 Gordon Road) where he will discuss whether or not the recession is good for health care reform.

McIntosh, who holds a PhD from Queen's University, is a faculty member of the Saskatchewan Population Health and Evaluation Research Unit (SPHERU) at the University of Regina. He has served as a consultant to Saskatchewan's Commission on Medicare (2000) and served as research coordinator for the (Romanow) Commission on the Future of Health Care in Canada (2001/02). From 2004 to 2007 he was director of the Health Network for the Canadian Policy Research Networks (CPRN) in Ottawa. He is the author or editor of eight books and numerous articles and research studies on Canadian politics and public policy.

Coffee House Controversies speakers give an informal 20-minute talk focusing on a controversial topic of interest to the general public. The talks are intended to encourage the open exchange of ideas. Twenty minutes of discussion follows each talk, during which members of the general public can ask questions or raise issues with the speaker or other audience members.

The events are free and open to the public. Contact the Faculty of Arts at 585-4226 for more information.