Journals Higher Education

$24.95

Paperback

Published: 02 January 2015

160 Pages

8.9 x 6.0 inches

ISBN: 9780199003389


Bookseller Code (05)

Health Care in Canada

Antonia Maioni

  • One of the main issues of the new millennium. Health care - with its complicated tangle of problems and tribulations - is on everyone's minds. Here are the facts, clearly presented by an expert with a proven ability to give concise and uncluttered accounts of complex issues. No other book provides such a comprehensive and opinion-free consolidation of the major topics in Canada.
  • Canadian scope. Each country has a unique history and politics feeding into its organization of health care funding and delivery. In addition, Canada has specific demographics and geography that have fed into our distinct network of systems. Maioni looks specifically to Canada, with international comparisons where relevant.
  • Astute and insightful. Maioni is routinely asked to write for many of Canada's major news sources given her clear-cut and unbiased understanding of apparently difficult and snarled issues.
  • Past, present, and future. Public insurance systems in Canada emerged in a specific set of historical and political circumstances - from 1960s Saskatchewan to current innovations in health care and fiscal arrangements, all are efficiently summarized here.
  • An excellent framework for understanding debates over reform. Maioni's view-at-30,000-feet map of our systems helps explain problem areas - waiting lists, overcrowding of emergency rooms, fee-for-service medicine, extra-billing, or the need for more team-based medical models.
  • Comparative. A fascinating and revealing look at how Canada's systems of health care compares and contrasts to those of the United States and Britain.
  • Explores a changing climate. Day surgery, drug therapies, and chronic disease management now play a greater role than they have in the past. Similarly financing the increasing costs of health care has changed and will continue to change, for example as health accords conclude and provinces take on more responsibility.
  • Financing. A clear summary of how much is being spent, what the money is being spent on, and who is paying.
  • A direct look at rising costs. Maioni evaluates the specific drivers of health care costs in Canada, looking at how these are managed now, and how they may be managed in future as expensive new drugs and technologies continue to be developed.
  • Is health care in a crisis? Polls reveal a sizeable erosion in the public's confidence in the future of health care. Maioni considers various paths that may be taken in future to keep health care sustainable.
  • Federalism. Maioni is an expert in federal structure, and explains how this influences the financing and delivery of health care in Canada given the shifting equilibrium between centralized policy-making from Ottawa to a more decentralized context.
  • Helps us frame the big issues. Offers ways to think about questions such as who has a right to health care, how sustainable is our system, and what services we should agree to cover.
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