A Tale of Toronto: National and International Lessons in Public Health Governance from the Sars Crisis

14 Pages Posted: 6 Jul 2008

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Colleen M. Flood

University of Ottawa - Faculty of Law

Anthea Williams

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: October 28, 2003

Abstract

In this paper, we provide a brief forensic of the SARS crisis in Toronto and analyze the effectiveness of Canada's health care system in response to that crisis. We conclude that it is difficult to draw concrete conclusions about the cause and effect of the SARS epidemic. Nevertheless, there is an obvious governance problem in Canada's system, largely centering on the fragmentation of fiscal and political accountability through multiple levels of government, which needs remedy. We then look at international public health governance and question whether the World Health Organization's issuance of travel advisories will encourage greater transparency in reporting and responding to instances of contagious diseases.

Keywords: SARS, Toronto, health care, healthcare

Suggested Citation

Flood, Colleen M. and Williams, Anthea, A Tale of Toronto: National and International Lessons in Public Health Governance from the Sars Crisis (October 28, 2003). Michigan State University College of Law Journal of International Law, Vol. 12, 2004, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1152410

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