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  • Keywords
    • Canadian Medicare System,
    • Societal inequity,
    • Privatization of health care,
    • Neo-liberalism,
    • Two-tiered medical systems,
    • Hospitalization and long-term care,
    • Government fiscal irresponsibility

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Dying to be Seen
The Race to Save Medicare in Canada
by Cathy MacNeil

Canada’s public health care system is under attack. Defunding, deregulating, defrauding, and deliberate disintegration have manipulated Canadians into despising their once-beloved system as unsustainable, unfixable, and cost-prohibitive. There is a reason for that. Neoliberalism has the rescue medication locked within its assault armamentarium—privatization. The last stage of the takedown has begun and the slow but steady infusion of privatization now flows unobstructed through the veins of Medicare. Dying to be Seen lays out the deleterious effects of such an attack and how it is impacting every stakeholder in Canada’s Medicare system. For health care policymakers, the book outlines the urgency of the constructive, evidence-based action that is required to save the system. For administrators, it sheds light on why the current solutions have failed. For law makers and governments, the book is an urgent warning to rearrange the status quo to divorce political expediency from sound policy or suffer the dire consequences. For average Canadians, it is a call to arms to save Canada’s universal, egalitarian Medicare program from sliding into the cruel, profit-driven system that bedevils their neighbours to the south. A clarion call for change, Dying to be Seen traces the origins of Medicare and offers a glimpse of what Canadians can expect to happen if we decide not to intervene now. It also offers real, implementable, solutions to save Canada’s cherished public health care system and emphasizes the urgency of acting on them.

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Cathy MacNeil has a degree in health administration and has held certifications in gerontology and emergency-room nursing. She has been a registered nurse since 1976. Her health care career includes medical-surgical and critical-care nursing as well as health administration that encompasses nursing supervision and management portfolios. She managed a busy city ER for six years and co-managed a long-term care facility for five years. Currently, she teaches continuing-care assistants at a career college and supervises their clinical placements within long-term care. Cathy resides in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia with Conrad, her husband of forty-seven years.


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