Making Evidence Matter in Canadian Health Policy

Making Evidence Matter in Canadian Health Policy is a compendium of Op-Eds published in the media in 2012-2013 by some of Canada’s leading experts in the field, offering a snapshot of the evidence on the issues of the day. It is the second in a series of eBooks produced by EvidenceNetwork.ca, the first being <a href= "http://umanitoba.ca/outreach/evidencenetwork/archives/8941">Canadian Health Policy in the News.</a>.

This second volume addresses a range of controversial topics, such as whether or not our health system is sustainable and how our health care dollars are spent. Other sections address pharmaceutical policy, private-for-profit delivery of care, social determinants of health, aging, mental health and obesity.

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EvidenceNetwork.ca
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Published on
Feb 28, 2014
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Pages
355
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ISBN
9780991697113
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Language
English
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Genres
Medical / Health Care Delivery
Medical / Health Policy
Medical / Public Health
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