Insuring National Health Care: The Canadian Experience / Edition 1

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A UNC Press Enduring Edition — UNC Press Enduring Editions use the latest in digital technology to make available again books from our distinguished backlist that were previously out of print. These editions are published unaltered from the original, and are presented in affordable paperback formats, bringing readers both historical and cultural value.

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"Very timely."—Ralph Nader, Price Club Journal

"This detailed and well-documented study of the Canadian program will be a valuable reference for those interested in a national health insurance program for the United States."—Publishers Weekly

"Only Malcolm Taylor with his great breadth of experience and knowledge could have written this book, predominantly for American readers. . . . He reviews not only the political background but the mechanisms put into place to make what is arguably one of the best health systems in the world. . . . This book belongs on the bookshelf of everyone engaged in or studying health administration in the U.S. and Canada, as well as abroad."—Sidney S. Lee, Harvard Medical School

"This is an important book to Americans because of our close similarity to and relationship with Canada. Clearly the experience of our neighbor to the north with national health insurance is of great significance to Americans."—Cecil G. Sheps, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Taylor, who has served as an adviser to the Canadian government on health-care services, chronicles the development of that country's national health insurance program over the course of 50 years. He examines the sometimes conflicting needs of provincial and federal governments, which resulted in the initial failure to institute a plan after WW II, and the role of national insurance as a ``political football.p. 132 '' The efforts of such determined politicians as Ian Mackenzie and Paul Martin to forge a national policy are explored, as is the attempt of the Canadian Medical Association to influence the shape of the plan132, 136 . Taylor also gives an overview of the system's hospital and medical insurance programs and analyzes the obstacles that Canadians will face in the future--including the difficulties of cost containment in light of an aging population, increasingly expensive medical technology and a physician surplus--and the possibilities for growth, such as the potential impact of HMOs as a new form of health-care delivery. This detailed and well-documented study of the Canadian program will be a valuable reference for those interested in a national health insurance program for the United States. (Jan.)
In this revised abridgement of his 1988 Health insurance and Canadian public policy, 2nd ed (McGill-Queen's U. Press), Taylor (emeritus public policy, York U.) provides an account, geared specifically to US readers, of how a comprehensive national health insurance program originated, evolved, and succeeded right across the border from the dollar-richest and health-care poorest nation (the US) in the First World. Paper edition (unseen), $12.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807842959
  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
  • Publication date: 10/5/1991
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 0.62 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

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