Better Now: Six Big Ideas To Improve Health Care For All Canadians by Danielle MartinBetter Now: Six Big Ideas To Improve Health Care For All Canadians by Danielle Martin

Better Now: Six Big Ideas To Improve Health Care For All Canadians

byDanielle Martin

Hardcover | January 10, 2017

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Longlisted for British Columbia's National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction 2018

Dr. Danielle Martin sees 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.
· Ensure every Canadian has regular access to a family doctor or other primary care provider
· Bring prescription drugs under medicare
· Reduce unnecessary tests and interventions
· Reorganize health care delivery to reduce wait times and improve quality
· Implement a basic income guarantee to alleviate poverty, which is a major threat to health
· 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.
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 y...
Title:Better Now: Six Big Ideas To Improve Health Care For All CanadiansFormat:HardcoverDimensions:304 pages, 9.27 × 6.24 × 1.1 inPublished:January 10, 2017Publisher:Penguin CanadaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0735232598

ISBN - 13:9780735232594

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great analysis This is a clear and well-written explanation of the problems with medicare. She goes beyond that, however, and offers solutions. This should be mandatory reading in med school and for every provincial or federal politician or candidate. The sad thing is that most of the remedies she describes could be implemented quickly and, in some cases, for less than we're spending now on doing it wrong. What are we waiting for?
Date published: 2017-12-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING Being a Health Student, I strongly agreed with Dr. Martin's view of Medicare. The basics of Medicare is covered throughout the book, and concerns are very straight to the point. I particularly enjoyed gaining a new perspective on Medicare and understanding the difference between health financing and health delivery. This book will inspire many readers to help make a change.
Date published: 2017-10-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Staright to the point. Internationally Medicare in Canada is viewed as part of our identity. We are fortunate to live in a country where access to healthcare is not really a concern. Access to medically necessary interventions are readily available, but what happens to people when they cant fill that prescription that is deemed medically necessary? Why are we ordering investigations only to find out they were done a week ago knowing this would have saved not only money but undue stress for patients. Dr. Martin lays all these concerns and more in this book. I strongly recommend this to anyone, if your in health care you'll sit alongside Dr. Martin as she describes the struggles she faces in getting her patients care they need. If your patient this book will provide you an understanding of some of the bureaucracies that surround healthcare professionals. And finally if you are a change agent, public administrator or the prime minister I strongly recommend you consider some of these ideas. For the record Dr. Martin admits that these ideas are not hers, she merely presents them in an organized fashion.
Date published: 2017-02-15

Editorial Reviews

A Toronto Star Canadian Non-Fiction BestsellerA Toronto Star Original Non-Fiction BestsellerA Globe and Mail Canadian Non-Fiction Bestseller A Globe and Mail Hardcover Non-Fiction Bestseller Longlisted for British Columbia's National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction 2018“It's a prescription to improve health care across Canada” —Healthscape“Dr. Martin offers a timely and insightful perspective on Canada’s commitment to providing health care as a right to all people. The U.S. health care system has a great deal to learn from Canada and from Better Now.” —U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders  “Universal healthcare is at the very heart of a caring and equitable Canada. Danielle Martin provides us with a practical, accessible and deeply inspiring roadmap for how we can live up to that sacred promise. —Naomi Klein, author of This Changes Everything "Dr. Danielle Martin has written an outstandingly useful book, for all Canadians, as the nation once again faces the challenges of ensuring effective health care for all. In doing so, Dr. Martin avoids the easy formulae of blanket solutions and properly roots health care’s future success in making hard choices on delivery, scope, and structure, based on Canadian values." —Roy Romanow, former Royal Commissioner on the Future of Health Care in Canada and Senior Fellow, Political Studies, University of Saskatchewan "A clear-eyed, fearless and detailed manifesto, written with empathy and analytical‎ rigor. For doctors, patients and all Canadians, Better Now is an inspiring prescription for the right balance in our shared health care framework." —Hon. Hugh Segal, Master of Massey College, University of Toronto and former director of the Institute for Public Policy