Improving Canadian healthcare

2017-01-12

in Canada, Economics, Politics

The Current recently ran a segment with Dr. Danielle Martin, talking about ways to improve Canadian healthcare. In particular, she emphasizes the importance of family doctors with a broad overall knowledge of patients’ health histories, and the importance of avoiding costly and damaging unnecessary tests and procedures.

It sounds like her book, Better Now: Six Big Ideas to Improve Health Care for All Canadians, would be well worth reading.

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alena January 13, 2017 at 12:19 pm

I agree with her assessment. I think that the medical clinics play a large role in the extensive use of expensive tests. Patients feel better when they think that they will get a more accurate diagnosis. The doctor protects herself/himself and the costs run high. We are still so far away from practicing early prevention and natural healthcare.

Oleh January 17, 2017 at 12:58 pm

We have a challenge ahead. It is not the lack of expenditure but how we spend that would need change. Also we can also do more to prevent illness. Simply walking regularly would do so much for improving mental and physical health.

Oleh February 11, 2017 at 3:01 am

More nurse practitioners would also be helpful.

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