6th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center

Canada-US Health Summit 2015

At the two-day Canada-U.S. Health Summit, experts discussed issues facing healthcare services in the United States and Canada through a variety of panels, discussions, and events. 
During the lunch keynote, Susan Dentzer, Senior Advisor to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, interviewed former Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius. Ms. Dentzer asked a variety of questions regarding the former Secretary’s experiences with Canadian Health Ministers and the Canadian health system. Former Secretary Sebelius indicated her relationships with the Health Ministers of Canada were “incredibly important”, with a great deal of cross-border dialogue on regulatory issues and research projects. Looking at the Canadian system, Secretary Sebelius shared her high regard for lower per capita spending in the Canadian health system, with better health outcomes than the United States. Also, former Secretary Sebelius suggested there is a significant opportunity to move from a “sick care system” that rewards volume to a health system that rewards primary care doctors for keeping people healthy.
The event overall was marked with great success, and the Wilson Center would like to extend a thank you to our sponsors: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, GS1 Canada, Dun & Bradstreet, and Medtronic. 
Find the Agenda and Bios here.