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Better now : six big ideas to improve the health of all Canadians / Dr. Danielle Martin.
Publication Information:
[Toronto, Ontario] : Allen Lane, 2017.

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298 pages ; 24 cm


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DR. DANIELLE MARTIN see the challenges in our health care system every day. As a family doctor and a hospital vice president, she observes how those deficiencies adversely affect patients. And as a health policy expert, she knows how to close those gaps. A passionate believer in the value of fairness that underpins the Canadian health care system, Dr. Martin is on a mission to improve medicare. In Better Now , she shows how bold fixes are both achievable and affordable. Her patients' stories and her own family's experiences illustrate the evidence she presents about what works best to improve health care for all.

Better Now outlines "Six Big Ideas" to bolster Canada's health care system. Each one is centred on a typical Canadian patient, making it clear how close to home these issues strike.

#65533; Ensure every Canadian has regular access to a family doctor or other primary care provider
#65533; Bring prescription drugs under medicare
#65533; Reduce unnecessary tests and interventions
#65533; Reorganize health care delivery to reduce wait times and improve quality
#65533; Implement a basic income guarantee to alleviate poverty, which is a major threat to health
#65533; Scale up successful local innovations to a national level

Passionate, accessible, and authoritative, Dr. Martin is a fervent supporter of the best of medicare and a persuasive critic of what needs fixing.

Author Notes

DR. DANIELLE MARTIN, MD, CCFP, FCFP, MPP, is a family physician in Toronto and Vice President of Medical Affairs and Health System Solutions at Women's College Hospital. She teaches family medicine and health care policy at the University of Toronto and is a leader in the debate about the future of health care in Canada. In her first year of practice, she helped launch Canadian Doctors for Medicare to promote a high quality, equitable, and sustainable health system. She was named Canada's 8th most powerful doctor by The Medical Post in 2015 and is a regular contributor to CBC-TV's The National . She writes a monthly column for Chatelaine .

Table of Contents

Prologuep. 1
The Basics
Dr. Martin Goes to Washingtonp. 9
Getting Our Facts Straightp. 16
Taking the Pulse of the Systemp. 28
Health Care Zombiesp. 39
Big Idea 1 Abida: The Return to Relationshipsp. 49
Primary Care: When it Works, It Worksp. 51
Three Relationships for Healthp. 60
Rewarding What Mattersp. 78
Big Idea 2 Ahmed: A Nation with a Drug Problemp. 87
Medicare's Unfinished Businessp. 89
The Price Is Wrongp. 101
Prescribing Smarterp. 111
Big Idea 3 Sam: Don't Just Do Something, Stand Therep. 119
The Compulsion to Curep. 127
Slow Medicinep. 137
Big Idea 4 Susan: Doing More with Lessp. 147
The Revolving Door of Health Carep. 149
What Better Looks Likep. 163
The F-Wordp. 177
Big Idea 5 Leslie: Basic Income for Basic Healthp. 185
Sick with Povertyp. 187
Curing Income Deficiencyp. 195
Big Idea 6 Jonah: The Anatomy of Changep. 209
From Pilot Project to System Solutionp. 211
Data: The Brain of the Systemp. 220
The Heart of the Matterp. 225
Feet to Do the Walkingp. 228
Conclusion Worthy Actionp. 235
Acknowledgmentsp. 241
Recommended Readingp. 244
Citationsp. 251
Indexp. 292

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