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By David Gratzer

Donner Prize-winning writer Dr. David Gratzer (Code Blue) edits and introduces this number of twelve essays on wellbeing and fitness care reform in Canada, advocating an open-minded method of such strategies as privatization, two-tier future health care, and person charges. Gratzer has assembled a stellar record of authors who invite Canadians to question their self assurance in government-managed public health. Contributors contain Order of Canada member and collage of Toronto professor Michael Bliss, who argues that our present difficulties are the results of more and more competitive executive measures to manage sufferers and health-care services. Globe and Mail columnist Margaret Wente bargains vignettes that handle the day by day difficulties of well-being care: queue leaping, over the top waits, supplier burnout, getting older apparatus, and the politicization of wellbeing and fitness management. And, Vancouver-based healthiness analyst Cynthia Ramsey areas Canada’s overall healthiness care method in a global context. Her findings are unsettling.

Other members contain McGill economist and National Post contributor William Watson, former Quebec scientific organization president Dr. Edwin Coffey, former Ontario scientific organization president Dr. William Orovan, and concrete Futures Institute govt Director David Baxter.

All Canadians fascinated about the nation of well-being care in Canada may still learn this informative and clever assortment.

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I have to lobby to get the test done, lobby to get her a quick appointment with the gynecologist. Then the gynecologist has to lobby to get the surgery done. " Dr. McDiarmid, who's forty-three, had never been politically involved until now. Like other rural doctors across the province, she threatened to go on strike in the fall of 1999 over low pay and awful working conditions. Dr. McDiarmid's own father died in 1999 at a hospital in Victoria. The nurses were harassed and overworked, and the nursing care he got was poor.

But it was too late. The devastating treatment left her with permanent brain damage. Once, she'd planned to be a designer. Now she collects a disability pension. ON THE FRONT LINES 59 In any health care system, medical mistakes and misdiagnoses are unavoidable. But Canada's diagnostic specialists have become so overloaded that their operations are a breeding ground for error. That's the message from some of the country's top pathologists — the doctors who read your breast biopsy or your Pap smear and figure out what type of treatment might be best.

But the public health insurance system, covering core medical and hospital care, was now guaranteed survival, not on its own merits through competition with the private sector — as had been the case for generations in most provinces with, say, education — but through the mechanism of a legislated monopoly. Provinces that did not agree with Ottawa's approach to health care funding again had no realistic choice: the noncompliance costs to their treasuries and taxpayers would be too great. The Canadian public, on the other hand, was unconcerned about anything beyond the promise that medicare was being preserved.

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