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Dr. Danielle Martin discusses her new book Better Now: Six Big Ideas to Improve Health Care for All Canadians (Allen Lane, 2017), with Joseph Planta.

Better Now: Six Big Ideas to Improve Health Care for All Canadians by Dr. Danielle Martin (Allen Lane, 2017).

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Text of introduction by Joseph Planta:

I am Planta: On the Line, in Vancouver, at TheCommentary.ca.

The new book from Danielle Martin is a great way to think about how Canadians get their health care, and how the system can be improved. The book is called, Better Now: Six Big Ideas to Improve Health Care for All Canadians. In it, Dr. Martin offers ideas worth exploring, that she feels would make the system better, and perhaps attentive to the health of Canadians. The six ideas include, making sure Canadians have regular access to a family doctor or primary care provider; bringing prescription drugs under medicare; reducing unnecessary tests and interventions; reorganising delivery to increase quality and reduce wait times; implementing a basic income guarantee to alleviate poverty; and bringing local innovation to a national level. I’ll get Dr. Martin, who joins me now to explore these ideas, and gauge her on the willingness of the public and politicians to looking into discussing these ideas. Danielle Martin is a family physician in Toronto, and Vice President of Medical Affairs and Health System Solutions at Women’s College Hospital. She teaches at the University of Toronto. Video of her 2014 appearance before a US congressional committee in Washington has been viewed millions of times, and has increased her profile in this country and beyond as a leading voice in the debate over the future of health care in Canada. The book is published by Allen Lane, which is an imprint of Penguin. Please welcome to the Planta: On the Line program, while in town earlier this week, Danielle Martin; Dr. Martin, good morning.