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This classic study provides essential context for the ongoing debate about the funding and future of Canada's public health-care system. As the authors note in their new introduction to the WYNFORD edition, some of the haemorrhaging has stopped, but enormous challenges to the system's very survival remain-challenges that will likely intensify in an era of financial crisis and government austerity. As a result, Wasting Away remains required reading for anyone interested in the Canadian health-care experience: students, practitioners, and patients alike.
"...examines how most of the regional reforms aimed at reducing costs and how the introduction of strategies that were developed for the private sector have failed to address the fundamental problems of Canada's health care."
Chapter 1 The Wasting Away of Care 1
Chapter 2 From Cuts and Chemicals to Carrots and Condoms: The Development of Canadian Health Care 12
Chapter 3 Who Provides: The Institutions 46
Chapter 4 Who Provides: The People 95
Chapter 5 Who Pays 145
Chapter 6 Who Decides 179
Chapter 7 Who Wins and Who Loses 207
Web Sources 210