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"Probably the best thing I ever did was to get physicians around the table. You can imagine back then there was a great divide between administrators and physicians. Administrators were concerned that physician self-interest would ruin the whole team dynamics." Jack Kitts in a 2011 interview with Brian Golden - From Chaos to Quality Care


Shaping Canadian Healthcare Alignment by Jack Kitts and Hugh MacLeod
We start with the premise that redesigning the Canadian healthcare system with its complex organic properties, powerful interest groups, political game playing for votes, is more challenging than the transformation of the auto sector, housing sector and the financial sector combined. Why? Well as a start we make the assumption that somehow there is actually a “system” that can be reformed, transformed, re-designed and aligned to improve quality and safety. 

What the Loss of the Health Council of Canada Means for Canadians by Mark J. Dobrow, John G. Abbott and Jack Kitts
Now the council is gone. With public and private expenditure on healthcare in Canada over the next decade almost certain to exceed the close to $2 trillion spent over the past decade, there is a need for ongoing, consistent, non-partisan and unbiased oversight. Canadians should demand it, regardless of their ideological or political affiliation. Without the council, will another agency or agencies take up the role? Will these agencies have the necessary legitimacy to hold governments to account on their health reform agendas? Can any agency be successful in this position?

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Collaboration is key for Ottawa Hospital CEO Dr. Jack Kitts
Ontario's health minister asks OMA: do you want to be a union?

Forging a new deal for doctors requires a new approach

Here’s why the government is likely to ignore the latest move by Ontario doctors Share: Steve Paikin

Ottawa will play active role in improving health system says minister: André Picard

Ottawa's for-profit healthcare battle comes with dire warnings

5-year study reveals patients operated on at night twice as likely to die as patients who have daytime operations

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