Just Medicare: What's in, What's Out, How We Decide
By: Colleen M. Flood (editor)Hardback
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The most important issue facing Canadian health care today is access to services. But who decides what services will be publicly funded, and how? The essays in Just Medicare explore the diverse means by which law influences what should and should not be covered by publicly-funded Medicare. Edited by Colleen M. Flood, the collection demonstrates three analytical approaches to the question of what services attract public funding. The first describes the existing processes for determining what is in and out of the publicly-funded sector and what is left to the private sector. The second approach suggests the principles that should guide decision-making and then investigates existing decision-making processes to see whether or not such principles are applied. The third analytical approach focuses on the processes of determining what services are publicly funded and, in particular, the right to review or appeal those decisions. The role of law is usually underestimated by those in health policy.
Just Medicare illustrates that legal scholars can also contribute to the issue of how to allocate scarce health resources by determining what constitutes fair processes for decision-making, and by challenging unjust processes. In re-evaluating the potential of the law, this collection adds an important new dimension to the issue of health care in Canada.
Colleen M. Flood is a Canada Research Chair in health law and policy in the Faculty of Law and the Department of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto.
Acknowledgments Introduction COLLEEN M. FLOOD Part One: Constitutional and Administrative Law Challenges to the Boundaries of Medicare * What Is In and Out of Medicare? Who Decides? COLLEEN M. FLOOD, CAROLYN TUOHY, and MARK STABILE *Charter Challenges and Evidence-Based Decision-Making in the Health Care System: Towards a Symbiotic Relationship DONNA GRESCHNER * Misdiagnosis or Cure? Charter Review of the Health Care System MARTHA JACKMAN * Claiming Equity and Justice in Health: The Role of the South African Right to Health in Ensuring Access to HIV/AIDS Treatment LISA FORMAN Part Two: Access to Abortion and Reproductive Health Services * Abortion Denied: Bearing the Limits of Law SANDA RODGERS * Protecting Fairness in Women's Health: The Case of Emergency Contraception JOANNA N. ERDMAN and REBECCA J. COOK * Achieving Reproductive Rights: Access to Emergency Oral Contraception and Abortion in Quebec ROBERT P. KOURI Part Three: Access for the Vulnerable: Case Studies from Aboriginal Health and Mental Health * Jurisdictional Roulette: Constitutional and Structural Barriers to Aboriginal Access to Health CONSTANCE MACINTOSH * The Rural Aboriginal Health Gap: The Romanow Solutions? JANESCA KYDD * Access to Treatment of Serious Mental Illness: Enabling Choice or Enabling Treatment? SHEILA WILDEMAN Part Four: Rationing Access: The Role of the Physician Gatekeeper * The Legal Regulation of Referral Incentives: Physician Kickbacks and Physician Self-Referral SUJIT CHOUDHRY, NITEESH K. CHOUDHRY, and ADALSTEINN D. BROWN * The Costs of Avoiding Physician Conflicts of Interest: A Cautionary Tale of Gainsharing Regulation RICHARD S. SAVER Part Five: Free Trade Agreements: Strengthening or Undermining Access to Health Care? * The Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights and Its Implications for Health Care ROXANNE MYKITIUK and MICHELLE DAGNINO * Patient Mobility in the European Union ANDRE DEN EXTER Part Six: Manufacturing Demand for Access: The Role of the Media and the Commercialization of Research * The Power of Illusion and the Illusion of Power: Direct-to-Consumer Advertising and Canadian Health Care PATRICIA PEPPIN * The Media, Marketing, and Genetic Services TIMOTHY CAULFIELD * Commercialized Medical Research and the Need for Regulatory Reform TRUDO LEMMENS * Grasping the Nettle: Confronting the Issue of Competing Interests and Obligations in Health Research Policy JOCELYN DOWNIE Conclusion COLLEEN M. FLOOD Contributors
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