Cheryl Camillo

MHA Program Director and Assistant Professor, Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy, University of Regina

National pharmacare, Public policy, Comparative health policy, Health system reform, Canadian and U.S. public policy, Federalism, Social policy implementation, Inequality and inequity, Public administration, Health administration


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The U.S. Healthcare System: Complex and Unequal

by Cheryl A. Camillo

Published by Springer (in Global Social Welfare)

July 29, 2016

Shaped by the institutions, ideas, and interests that drive American policymaking, the US health care delivery system is uniquely complex, costly, and unequal. Initially private, it has become an increasingly complex public/private mix, as incremental reforms adopted over many decades have sought to correct market failures to finance and deliver health care services to vulnerable populations, particularly segments of the low-income demographic. While successive reforms have led to better coverage and access over time, they are unlikely to lead to universal access due to their inability to reduce, or even contain, costs over the long run.



Dr. Cheryl A. Camillo is an interdisciplinary scholar-practitioner with over 25 years experience developing and implementing solutions to real-world social policy and governance problems. During her career, she has served in most roles of the public policymaking process, including senior federal policy advisor, state program executive, evaluator, policy analyst, grassroots organizer, lobbyist, and campaign manager. She seeks to integrate research, policymaking, and public management perspectives in her work. A graduate of Yale University and the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University, Camillo is an Assistant Professor at JSGS responsible for teaching and researching public policy, health administration, and public administration. Born and raised on Canada's border in Buffalo, New York, her research focuses on health policy and system reforms within federal states. She is actively promoting the exchange of ideas and lessons across national and subnational borders, including by convening state and provincial health systems leaders to discuss delivery system reforms and ways to collaborate to reduce pharmaceutical costs.

Additional Titles and Affiliations

Research Collaborator, Centre for the Study of Science and Innovation Policy

Affiliated Researcher, Saskatchewan Centre for Patient-Oriented Research (SCPOR)

Associate, North American Observatory on Health Systems and Policies (NAO)


  • U.S. Politics
  • National Pharmacare
  • Public Policy
  • Health Policy
  • Comparative Health Policy
  • Health System Reform
  • Canadian and U.S. Public Policy
  • Federalism
  • Social Policy Implementation
  • Inequality
  • Inequity
  • Public Administration
  • Health Administration