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By David Gratzer

Donner Prize-winning writer Dr. David Gratzer (Code Blue) edits and introduces this selection of twelve essays on wellbeing and fitness care reform in Canada, advocating an open-minded method of such options as privatization, two-tier health and wellbeing care, and person charges. Gratzer has assembled a stellar checklist of authors who invite Canadians to question their self assurance in government-managed public health. Contributors comprise 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 govt measures to regulate sufferers and health-care prone. Globe and Mail columnist Margaret Wente deals vignettes that deal with the day by day difficulties of overall healthiness care: queue leaping, over the top waits, supplier burnout, getting older apparatus, and the politicization of wellbeing and fitness management. And, Vancouver-based wellbeing and fitness analyst Cynthia Ramsey locations Canada’s overall healthiness care procedure in a world context. Her findings are unsettling.

Other participants 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 government Director David Baxter.

All Canadians thinking about the country of health and wellbeing care in Canada may still learn this informative and clever assortment.

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Keith MacLeod, an obstetrician in the underserviced community of Windsor, whose caseload is four- or fivefold higher than that of his counterparts in Detroit. " And then there is Edmonton nurse 48 BETTER MEDICINE Christine Peterson, a "casual worker": always on call, always armed with a pager, and in possession of no job security. Wente not only describes the frustrations of the system, but its insanity. She talks to Dr. Arnold Aberrnan, past dean of the University of Toronto's Faculty of Medicine, who was "one of the most popular guys in town.

Canada has never been so rich. But at Vancouver General, the operating rooms function only four days a week. A surgeon gets one day a week in the OR. Surgeries were down more than 10 percent from the year before 56 BETTER MEDICINE and were scheduled to fall even further. The reason? Budget cutbacks, and a desperate nursing shortage. Conditions have gotten so bad that surgeons won't take jobs there. "We've tried to hire eight surgeons in the last two years, and all have turned us down," Dr. Finley says.

60 BETTER MEDICINE Traumatized by Health Care Politics Early one morning in September 2000, Christian Yau was riding his motorcycle to work when he hit a rut in the road. The next thing he remembers is being in an ambulance heading to the nearest hospital. The ER doctors tested him from head to foot and found a broken pelvis, a broken wrist, bruised lungs, and a severely lacerated liver. And that's when his troubles really began. His bleeding liver was life-threatening, and he needed to be transferred to a trauma hospital quickly; the next hour or two would be critical.

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