First Do No Harm is an extraordinarily readable and reliable guide to the issues at stake in the debate about reforming Canada’s health care system. Sullivan and Baranek ... bring readers up to date on fact and fiction about waiting lists, ‘passive privatization,’ pharmaceutical coverage, and primary care reforms. They admirably achieve their aim of attacking the considerable misinformation that travels as analysis. One need not agree with all their conclusions to celebrate their considerable contribution.
It is incumbent upon those entering the health care debate to have a broad-based understanding of the issues, including competing perspectives of the various options for solution. First Do No Harm provides such a perspective. Issues such as privatization [and] the shift of care to the home ... are reviewed. The discussion and recommended solutions are often controversial, but always thoughtful: a must-read for anyone entering the health care debate.
1 Declining Public Confidence in Canada’s Health Care System
2 What is Public and What is Private?
3 Memes and Myths
4 Canaries in the Mine: Waiting for Care
5 Closer to Home and Out of Pocket: Shifting Sites of Care
6 The Future: Rigid, Resilient, or Retail Reform Choices
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