Cost & Value in Healthcare

Established in December, 2016, the Research Exchange Group on Cost and Value in Healthcare brings together partners from government, academic institutions, the health system, and the broader community who share an interest in improving cost-efficiency and promoting better value in healthcare.  The group aims to promote knowledge exchange, to build local research capacity, and to encourage the use of evidence-based decision making for this important issue in Newfoundland and Labrador.

The Research Exchange Group on Cost and Value in Health Care fosters research collaboration and knowledge exchange among partners from community organizations and programs, educators, practitioners, health system officials, government partners, students, and academic researchers


  • March 6, 2020 | 12:30pm to 2:00pm | Healthcare Cost Avoidance and Resource Reallocation/Restructuring with Quality of Care NL| Dr. Krista Mahoney and Dr. Karen Dickson
  • Postponed until further notice: March 27, 2020 at 12:30pm to 2:00pm| Unintended Consequences: the e-medical record, physician mental health, and burnout with Dr. Gerard Farrell
  • Tentative: April 24, 2020 at 12:30pm to 2:00pm | The Cost of Pharmaceuticals: cost-benefit analyses for new medications, implications of long-term prescription use and considerations for Canadian drug policy with Dr. Hai Van Nguyen
  • Tentative: May 15, 2020 at 12:30pm to 2:00pm |Policy Considerations for Therapeutic Cannabis: a facilitated discussion with the group’s conveners.

Previous Semesters

Group Objectives

The group has identified the following as its key objectives:

  • Informing health policy to reduce costs and increase value in healthcare;
  • Reviewing research in progress/existing research literature on cost and value in healthcare; and
  • Building research teams on issues identified by the group and looking for research funding to support their work.
  • Networking with peers
  • Examining best practices around the world
  • Looking at collaborative research to examine challenges in healthcare
  • Identifying programs that have been a good use of healthcare dollars.
  • Ensuring that any new health care initiatives include evaluative components to assess new programs

Proposed Research Themes

Ethics and Access will be considered sub-themes of each of the five topics below:

  1. Determining the appropriateness of services and care being delivered (e.g. prescribing, screening, testing, procedures)
  2. Identifying administrative, clinical and service delivery innovations
  3. Accelerating cost saving and cost-effective health technology solutions
  4. Patient/Citizen engagement (e.g. in addressing gap between spending, appropriateness and outcomes)
  5. Linking social determinants of health with specific health care policy and care delivery solutions


Newfoundland & Labrador Centre for Applied Health Research

230 Elizabeth Ave, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1B 3X9

Postal Address: P.O. Box 4200, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1C 5S7

Tel: (709) 864-8000