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by Danielle Martin

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

“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


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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
pharmacare 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 in the 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.”


Publisher:

Penguin Canada, Winter 2017

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