Treating Health Care: How the Canadian System Works and How It Could Work Better
Published: December 2017© 2018
208 Pages, 6.00 x 8.90 x 0.70 in
Canada has been among the world leaders in recognizing the multiple factors that impact health. Focusing on Canada’s health care system, Raisa B. Deber provides brief descriptions of some key facts and concepts necessary to understand health care policy in Canada and place it in an international context.
An accessible guide, Treating Health Care unpacks key concepts to provide informed discussions that help us understand and diagnose Canada’s health care system and to clarify which proposed changes are likely to improve it - and which are not. This book provides background information to clarify such concepts as: determinants of health; how health systems are organized and financed (including international comparisons); health economics; health ethics; and roles and responsibilities of different stakeholders, including government, providers, and patients. It then addresses some key issues, including equity, efficiency, access and wait times, quality improvement and patient safety, and coverage and payment models. Using analysis rather than advocacy, Deber provides a toolkit to help understand health care and health policy.
List of Abbreviations
Introduction: Health Care in Canada: What Works? What Needs to Be Done?
1 Defining Our Terms: What Is Health Policy? What Is Health?
2 What Is Health Care?
3 How Is Health Care Paid For and Delivered?
4 How Does Canada Do It?
5 Health Care in Canada: International Comparisons
6 How Should We Decide What Is Worth Paying For?
7 Pressing Issues
8 Treating Health Care: How Can We Make It Better? What Might Make It Worse?
“Treating Health Care: How the Canadian System Works and How It Could Work Better is frankly excellent. Raisa B. Deber has a crisp, engaging writing style that strips away the adjectives and political hyperbole that muddles so much of the medicare debate.”Holly Doan, Blacklocks Reporter, February 24, 2018
"Deber is a solid and well-respected health care scholar and Treating Health Care shows a deep knowledge of the relevant research literature and a sophisticated understanding of the current issues in Canada’s health care system."Allan Maslove, School of Public Policy and Administration, Carleton University
"Treating Health Care effectively provides a primer in the disciplines of policy analysis and health economics – and examines the Canadian health care system in this context. This is an important volume for university courses on the Canadian health system."Owen Adams, Chief Policy Advisor, Canadian Medical Association
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Raisa B. Deber writes on the blog about the critical importance of public health, in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak and she reflects on the way Canada’s health care system has been coping.