Join award-winning Globe and Mail national affairs columnist Jeffrey Simpson for a conversation about the state of Canada’s public health care system. This Salt Spring Forum-presented evening comes right on the heels of Simpson’s new book Chronic Condition: Why Canada’s Health Care System Needs to be Dragged into the 21st Century (Penguin, Sept. 2012).
In his new book, Simpson argues that medicare is the third rail of Canadian politics and that for a politician to address it seriously is political suicide. He argues that every Canadian politician knows this truism, which is why health care reform has been neglected in the national debate. In Chronic Condition, Jeffrey Simpson meets health care head on and explores the only four options we have to end this growing crisis: cuts in spending, tax increases, privatization, and reaping savings through increased efficiency. He finds that many other countries have more extensive public health systems, and Canadian health care produces only average value for money. Chronic Condition breaks the silence about the huge changes and real choices that Canadians face.
This evening at ArtSpring with Jeffrey Simpson will be an exploration of the problems that face our current medical system and the possible solutions to these issues that impact us all.