Putting Health First

Canadian Health Care Reform in a Globalizing World
November 4, 2004
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This collection brings together research reports prepared for the Romanow Commission by a Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives-led team of researchers to address different aspects of globalization and its consequences for the Canadian health care system.

The reports in this volume are based on the conviction that the actions of Canadians, in particular our collective actions through our elected governments, should--and can--influence events so as to improve the health and well-being of Canadians and of citizens around the world. They share a common concern that if the underlying conflicts between Canadians' health care priorities and the commercial interests promoted in the most recent trade treaties are not addressed, the nation's health care system will come under increasing strain and the options for reform will be seriously diminished. The basic message, however, is hopeful that, despite the challenges posed by globalization and trade treaties, that Medicare can be sustained and strengthened for future generations of Canadians and as a model for others around the globe.