Better Now: Six Big Ideas to Improve the Health of All Canadians
“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.”
– Senator Bernie Sanders
An urgent book that every Canadian should read. BETTER NOW: Six Big Ideas to Improve the Health of All Canadians uses real patient histories to illustrate what works in our healthcare and what doesn’t. Renowned physician Dr. Danielle Martin proposes bold fixes that are both achievable and affordable.
If you have aging, ailing parents, if you are paying too much for
prescriptions, or if you’re healthy but keep hearing about a medical system under strain, you need to read how Dr. Martin proposes to preserve and strengthen Medicare. As a doctor, a hospital administrator, a medical educator, and a mother, she is the perfect person to lead us through an overdue national conversation about what we need to do now for our health care system.
One of the most urgent reforms Dr. Martin advocates for is a national pharamacare program, since so many people cannot afford prescriptions, which leads to more chronic and expensive health problems. Instead of the piecemeal provincial pattern of buying drugs, Canada could save billions if purchases were bought in bulk by a single body.
Dr. Martin adds, “As a family doctor, I see the cracks and challenges in our health care system every day. We need solutions that will improve the health of Canadians and improve their experiences int he health care system – at a cost we can all afford. I am moved by the commitment Canadians share to the principle of fairness that underpins Medicare, and I believe that we can meet our challenges and honour that principle.”
“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 and No Logo
“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
Penguin Canada, Winter 2017