Canadian Interest in the Danish Health Care Model

Oct 13, 2011

With health care facing major challenges in every country in the world, learning from other countries’ experiences is key.

With this in mind, students from the Executive MBA Program in Human Health of the Sauder School of Business, University of British Columbia (UBC), have been on a study tour to Denmark to learn about the Danish model of Health Care. The visit was part of a collaboration between the Executive MBA (EMBA) program at UBC and the CBS SIMI Executive at Copenhagen Business School (CBS).

The Executive MBA Human Health Program at the Sauder School of Business has paid a visit to Denmark. The students – industry executives and public health officials from British Columbia, Canada – visited Denmark to examine and compare the Danish Health Care Delivery System to the Canadian model, as seen in British Columbia.

The visit included a broad range of Danish stakeholders, including Hillerød Hospital, the Psychiatric Hospital in Ballerup, the Ministry of the Interior and Health, the Danish Pharmaceutical Manufacturers’ Association (LIF), the Danish Nurses’ and Doctors’ Associations, MVA and several other representatives from the sector.

A Succesful Visit
The students were left with a great understanding of the challenges, opportunities and future prospects of the Danish Health Care System. With Denmark working towards a model of regional super-hospitals, the timing of the visit was excellent. The differences between the two models allowed for vigorous debate and exchange of knowledge between the participants from both countries.

The visit was coordinated by Søren Harbel, the British Columbia Ambassador to Copenhagen, who concluded:

“The key to successful collaboration is people. With the visit this past week, we have seeded many new relationships that will create new projects and opportunities to learn from one-another. Health care faces major challenges in every country in the world. The system, as we know it in British Columbia, will benefit from studying how Denmark looks for solutions to the challenges of an ageing demographic, greater longevity and new and ever costlier treatments for chronic diseases.”

Universities Working Together
This study tour is the first in a collaboration between the EMBA program at UBC and the CBS SIMI Executive Program. CBS is contemplating when to send their first classes to Vancouver. This decision will likely be made during a coming visit to Vancouver by the Acting President of CBS, Allan Irwin and the Dean of Education, Jan Molin.

The Cooperation is the second in the line of Statements of Cooperation between a Danish university and UBC. Recently University of Copenhagen, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences (KU) and UBC signed a similar statement of cooperation in which the two universities agreed to exchange knowledge, develop collaborative research projects and exchange students, scholars, faculty and post-doctoral fellows.

Source: Medicon Valley Alliance, 13.10.2011

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