Summary Of Better Now 6 Big Ideas By Danielle Martin

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Better Now : 6 Big Ideas by Dr. Danielle Martin is a compilation of ideas to try and fix the Canadian Healthcare system. Martin gained popularity after a schooling Republicans at the United States committee led by the Independent Senator Bernie Sanders. The Canadian doctor was invited at the panel to represent Canada, alongside other countries like France, Denmark Taiwan, to discuss the nation’s healthcare system and what the United States could learn from it. Inevitably, one of the issues often brought up by Canadians is the long waiting periods that Capitalists like to blame on the single payer system. Martin argued that when Australia switched to a multi-payer system in the 1990’s, statistics showed that wait times in the public health…show more content…
Towards towards the end of the book Martin thoroughly discusses the importance of scaling up successful solutions on a nationwide basis instead of focusing on more money and more doctors in order to improve the healthcare system. After catching the attention of Canadians Martin decided to write the book, composed of 6 “Big” ideas she believes could help address the critics of Canada’s system. Although I agree with most of the arguments put forward by the author, like organizing the medical system will yield to shorter wait times an better service, it seems to have a some Liberal bias attached to them. For instance, in Big Idea 2, the author mentions the nation’s drug problem and believes that prescription drugs should be covered under Medicare, which on paper sounds great however, the money for those pills needs to come from somewhere. In 2017, Canada has spent nearly $242B on healthcare alone (or $6,604/per person). Not to mention the fact that, according to the Toronto Sun, the cost of healthcare for a Canadian Family has increased by 70% since 1997, and by almost 100% for single…show more content…
To which the obvious answer would be, families from a higher social class can afford to treat their child in the event that they would get sick. Affordability plays a major role in many aspects of life, which is why her idea of standardizing a basic income to achieve basic health standard is not only economically impossible, but rationally not viable. Making the assumption that giving x amount to every low income Canadian will guarantee an increased standard of health is obscene. Most Canadians happily pay their taxes and giving money away to people who do not always necessarily deserve it. With the increasing cost of Health Care costing Canadians billions of dollars every year, adding standardized income almost sounds like a fantasy. On top of that, bringing prescription drugs under Medicare, which would quadruple the cost of Health Care in Canada. However, it is an issue that cannot be overlooked, according to CBC News, almost 1 million Canadians give up on basic necessities like food and heat to afford prescription drugs. Rather than relying on taxes to fund prescription drugs under Medicare, a tax reform for businesses would be more effective. Lowering taxes and making it mandatory for companies that are in a certain
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