UNI­VER­SAL CARE CRU­SADER

Best Health - - ADVICE - DR. DANIELLE MARTIN VICE-PRES­I­DENT OF MED­I­CAL AF­FAIRS AND HEALTH SYS­TEM SO­LU­TIONS, WOMEN’S COL­LEGE HOS­PI­TAL

To Dr. Danielle Martin, be­ing a doc­tor and a health­care ac­tivist is a pack­age deal. Though she deals with pa­tients one-on-one at Women’s Col­lege Hos­pi­tal, she also ad­vo­cates for the need for im­prove­ments to medicare to en­sure that our health doesn’t fall through the cracks (she even wrote a book on the sub­ject called Bet­ter Now: Six Big Ideas to Im­prove Health Care for All Cana­di­ans). She sug­gests so­lu­tions for im­prov­ing pre­scrip­tion drug cov­er­age, re­duc­ing wait times and do­ing away with un­nec­es­sary tests. But she also looks at the big pic­ture. “To im­prove health, you can’t just look at is­sues one per­son at a time,” says Dr. Martin. “When we see that larg­er­scale so­cial change is needed to pro­tect or im­prove the health of our pa­tients, we have an obli­ga­tion to use our skills as best we can to ad­vo­cate for that change.”

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