In Code Blue: Reviving Canada’s Health Care System, David Gratzer takes a close look at Canada's health care system—from the overcrowded emergency rooms of Montreal hospitals, to the thriving practices of Canadian doctors who have decided to head south. He explores our misconceptions about the American health care system, analyzes demographic trends, and exposes the emptiness of political debate on the subject. Gratzer argues convincingly that the problems with Medicare stem from its very structure, a structure that will only continue to weaken as Canada’s population grows older. Do the commonly proposed solutions to these problems—increased funding, two-tiered services, better management, user fees—really have what it takes to correct such major flaws? Gratzer concludes they don’t, and looks at several models in other countries before writing his own prescription for Canada's.
Dr David Gratzer
Dr. David Gratzer works at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto. His articles on health care have been published in more than a dozen newspapers and magazines including the National Post, the Toronto Star, and the Ottawa Citizen.
“In clear and concise prose, David Gratzer’s Code Blue guides us through the dark corridors of Canada’s deteriorating health care system. . . . In the end, Gratzer opens the window on a bright solution—medical savings accounts—and shows us how a health care system should operate, with patients in control. Code Blue is an important book that should launch a long-overdue debate over the most important issue facing Canada.” —Financial Post
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