Gives a definition of Medicare so as to pinpoint the difference between the term in Canada and the US, a brief history of Medicare in Canada, outlines the conference in 2007 that led to this book.
Bruce Campbell is executive director (since 1994) of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. Beyond his administrative responsibilities, he has spoken and written widely on public policy issues, and is a frequent media commentator. For many years he coordinated the Centre’s Alternative Federal Budget project. He is co-author or editor of four books including: (with Maude Barlow) Straight Through the Heart: How the Liberals Abandoned the Just Society (HarperCollins, 1995); and Living with Uncle: Canada-US Relations in an Age of Empire (Lorimer, 2006). He was formerly a researcher with the North South Institute, a policy analyst with the federal NDP caucus, and a senior economist with the Canadian Labour Congress
Greg Marchildon is currently Canada Research Chair in Public Policy and Economic History at the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy, University of Regina. He is a senior fellow at the School of Policy Studies, Queen’s University, a mentor with the Trudeau Foundation, and the chair of the Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation. After receiving his PhD from the London School of Economics, he taught at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies in Washington. Dr. Marchildon served as cabinet secretary and deputy minister to the premier of Saskatchewan from 1996 to 2001. He was executive director of the Romanow Commission on the Future of Health Care. He is the author of Health Systems in Transition: Canada (University of Toronto Press, 2006) as well as other books and articles on Canadian health policy.