Despite high per-capita spending, health care in Canada consistently underperforms, according to the Commonwealth Fund, which tracks indicators for accessibility, timeliness and outcomes across a number of developed countries. The system that is straining to meet demand today will face an even higher burden in the years ahead, as the population ages. A number of Canadian business schools are looking to meet this challenge by educating future health care managers to bring new perspectives to old problems. One of the challenges for executives in health care is the need to understand two very different spheres, the world of clinical practice as well as the managerial dimension. McGill’s MD-MBA joint degree stream is an ambitious program that strives to educate people to work at the highest levels of health care management. The co-director of McGill’s MD-MBA program [Dr. Vedatverter] believes that not only should managers in the health sector have some understanding of the medical world, but also doctors and other clinicians should have some business skills.
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October 15, 2012