Health Care in Canada

A Citizen's Guide to Policy and Politics

By (author) Katherine Fierlbeck
Categories: Medicolegal issues, Medicine: general issues, Medicine and Nursing
Publisher: University of Toronto Press
Paperback : 9781442609839, 384 pages, April 2011


Health Care in Canada examines the challenges faced by the Canadian health care system, a subject of much public debate. In this book Katherine Fierlbeck provides an in-depth discussion of how health care decisions are shaped by politics and why there is so much disagreement over how to fix the system. Many Canadians point to health care as a source of national pride; others are highly critical of the system's shortcomings and call for major reform. Yet meaningful debate cannot occur without an understanding of how the system actually operates. In this overview, Fierlbeck outlines the basic framework of the health care system with reference to specific areas such as administration and governance, public health, human resources, drugs and drug policy, and mental health. She also discusses alternative models in other countries such as Britain, the United States, and France. As health care becomes increasingly complex, it is crucial that Canadians have a solid grasp of the main issues within both the policy and political environments. With its balanced and accessible assessment of the main political and theoretical debates, Health Care in Canada is an essential guide for anyone with a stake in Canada's health system.


‘The book offers a solid framework for conducting policy debates and cross-border comparisons of health care. Governments and citizens must understand the politics of health-care financing and the many competing motivations, because as Fierlbeck concludes, only those who understand their system can shape it. ’

- Susan Froestschel, <i>Yale Global Online; November 2011</i>

‘It is a high quality and informative work that could fill an important role in a collection devoted to analysis of health care policy and politics. ’

- John Pell