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Episode 22: Insights into Canada’s Health Care with Trafford Crump, PhD and Dr. Paul Woods

Aug 22, 2018


In this podcast, John Marchica discusses the intricacies of Canadian health care with his old colleagues, Trafford Crump, PhD and Paul Woods, MD, MS. Canada’s health care system is about 70% federally funded and is experiencing the same health care trends of an aging population and attempts to move towards a value-based care model.

Here are some of the interview highlights:

  • How is health care structured in Canada, its similarities and its differences to health care in the U.S.?
  • The increasing costs of health care in Canada, and delving into why this is becoming a trend.
  • The reasonings behind looking to the province of Ontario to lead the way to value-based care in Canada.

In this episode

Trafford Crump, PhD

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Trafford Crump, PhD is a health services researcher and assistant professor at the University of Calgary’s Department of Surgery with an interest in patient-centered measures. Dr. Crump's earlier research involved developing the methods for eliciting health care preferences from community-dwelling Medicare beneficiaries in the United States. Dr. Crump's more recent research has expanded into linking primary data collected from patients with large administrative data sets maintained by regional and provincial health authorities.

Dr. Crump is part of a University of British Columbia-led research team – which includes strong collaboration from the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority and the B.C. Ministry of Health – that has undertaken one of the largest systematic collections of patient-reported outcomes (PROs) in Canada.

Dr. Crump received his doctorate from Dartmouth College in the field of Evaluative Clinical Sciences followed by a postdoctoral fellowship at The University of British Columbia.

Paul Woods, MD

Paul Woods, MD, MS, CCFP

Paul Woods, MD, MS is the current London Health Sciences Centre’s President and Chief Executive Officer in London, Ontario, Canada. Dr. Woods originally started off his career as a practicing Family Medicine physician in the United States.

After finishing his graduate degree in Evaluative Clinical Sciences from Dartmouth College in 2007, he served in several health care executive positions including as the Medical Director at Essentia Health, Department Chief of Primary Care at Spectrum Health Medical Group, and the interim Medical Director for the Michigan Center for Clinical Systems Improvement. Most notably, from 2014 to 2017 Dr. Woods was the Senior Vice President, Provider Network Organization for Trinity Health – a multi-institutional health care organization comprised of over 120,000 people, including over 7,000 physicians and advanced practice providers, across more than 1,700 sites in the United States. In this role, Dr. Woods had clinical, operational and financial accountability for medical practices in primary care, specialty care and hospital-based physician practices.

Dr. Woods received his M.D. from Western University.

John Marchica

John Marchica is a veteran health care strategist and CEO of Darwin Research Group. Previously, he was the founder and CEO of FaxWatch, a leading business intelligence and medical education company and two-time member of the Inc. 500 list of America's fastest growing companies.

John is the author of The Accountable Organization and has advised senior management on strategy and organizational change for more than a decade. John did his undergraduate work in economics at Knox College, has an MBA and M.A. in public policy from the University of Chicago, and completed his Ph.D. coursework at The Dartmouth Institute. He is a faculty associate in the W.P. Carey School of Business and the College of Health Solutions at Arizona State University, and serves as an active member of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

About Darwin Research Group

Darwin Research Group Inc. provides advanced market intelligence and in-depth customer insights to health care executives, with a strategic focus on health care delivery systems and the global shift toward value-based care. Darwin’s client list includes forward-thinking biopharmaceutical and medical device companies, as well as health care providers, private equity, and venture capital firms. The company was founded in 2010 as Darwin Advisory Partners, LLC and is headquartered in Scottsdale, Ariz. with a satellite office in Princeton, N.J.


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