BEST DE­FENDER OF PUBLIC HEALTH CARE

NOW Magazine - Best of Toronto - - Activism -

DR. MICHAEL RACHLIS It’s not easy to pen­e­trate the Byzan­tine ar­ter­ies of our medi­care sys­tem. But who you gonna trust to fix stuff when right-wing cra­zies want to junk it all and go pri­vate? That would be pol­icy wonk Michael Rachlis, au­thor of Pre­scrip­tion For Ex­cel­lence: How In­no­va­tion Is Sav­ing Canada’s Health Care Sys­tem. Armed with ex­am­ples of pa­tient-friendly care mod­els, he thinks cre­ativ­ity and ra­tio­nal­iza­tion will res­cue our public sys­tem, ex­tra billing be damned. He pushes team medicine boosted by nurse prac­ti­tion­ers and a greater role for non-pharma ther­a­pies and dis­ease pre­ven­tion. Charm­ing that he sprin­kles his speeches with Tommy Dou­glas quotes:“Courage, my friends, ’tis not too late to make a bet­ter world.” Hon­ourable men­tion to the On­tario Health Coali­tion, which is dog­ging liar Dal­ton McGuinty over P3 hos­pi­tals. He says they’re public; they prove they’re pri­va­tized and that $3.3 bil­lion in public cash is drift­ing to for­profit medicine.

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