Facts, Myths, Problems, Promise
November 19, 2007
41.98 KB460 pages


This book is based on contributions to a remarkable conference—SOS Medicare 2: Looking Forward, Building on Tommy Douglas’ Vision of Medicare—organized by the Canadian Health Coalition, the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, and the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy at the University of Regina

The conference brought together an unprecedented cast of health care icons: from Shirley Douglas, Monique Begin, and Tom Kent, to Allan Blakeney, Roy Romanow and Stephen Lewis. It included leading health policy experts, legal authorities and economists; union and other social justice activists; the whole spectrum health care providers and support workers from nurses, home care and mental health workers, to medical technologists, rehab counsellors and physicians; government bureaucrats; provincial and federal politicians; and experts from the US, Europe and Asia, all bound together by a passion for preserving and improving medicare.

For anyone who cares about the future of medicare, this book offers a unique source of reliable, independent information and analysis. At a time when ideologues and advocates of privatization capture much of the attention of the media and politicians, this collection is an invaluable source of information and ideas.

Bruce Campbell is the executive director of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, and the author and editor of several books including the recent Living With Uncle.

Greg Marchildon was the executive director of the Romanow Commission and former senior civil servant in Saskatchewan. He is now at the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy, University of Regina.