BEST DEFENDER OF PUBLIC HEALTH CARE
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.