Better Now

Better Now

Six Big Ideas to Improve Health Care for All Canadians

Book - 2017
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Penguin Putnam
Longlisted for British Columbia's National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction 2018

Dr. Danielle Martin sees the challenges in our health care system every day. As a family doctor and a hospital vice president, she observes how those deficiencies adversely affect patients. And as a health policy expert, she knows how to close those gaps. A passionate believer in the value of fairness that underpins the Canadian health care system, Dr. Martin is on a mission to improve medicare. In Better Now, she shows how bold fixes are both achievable and affordable. Her patients’ stories and her own family’s experiences illustrate the evidence she presents about what works best to improve health care for all.
Better Now outlines “Six Big Ideas” to bolster Canada’s health care system. Each one is centred on a typical Canadian patient, making it clear how close to home these issues strike.
· Ensure every Canadian has regular access to a family doctor or other primary care provider
· Bring prescription drugs under medicare
· Reduce unnecessary tests and interventions
· Reorganize health care delivery to reduce wait times and improve quality
· Implement a basic income guarantee to alleviate poverty, which is a major threat to health
· Scale up successful local innovations to a national level

Passionate, accessible, and authoritative, Dr. Martin is a fervent supporter of the best of medicare and a persuasive critic of what needs fixing.

Publisher: [Toronto, Ontario] :, Allen Lane,, 2017
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780735232594
Characteristics: 298 pages ; 24 cm


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SPL_Robyn May 15, 2018

A recording of Dr. Martin's lecture for the March 2018 Community Dialogue is available upon request, made possible by a grant from the Stratford and Area Leisure Activity Council.
Please contact us at to obtain the secure link.

StratfordLibrary Mar 28, 2018

Longlisted for British Columbia's National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction 2018

Dr. Martin spoke to a rapt audience in Stratford on March 27, 2018, and has appeared at the US Senate speaking to the benefits of the Canadian healthcare system.

Her toolkit for taking action can be found here:

NFreaderNWPL May 16, 2017

This book is unique in the way it connects the day-to-day (the work of a general practitioner), the bigger picture (serving as a hospital administrator), and the really big picture (recommending innovative public policies). And it manages to do it in an effortless way that is a pleasure to read!

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