One of our biggest and most pressing health issues now is euthanasia and physician assisted death. It is now legal under certain circumstances for physicians to end the life of their patients if they patient falls into a particular set of criteria.
But there are other health issues as well here in Canada as Picard mentions in this ground-breaking book. Picard tackles the nation’s most pressing public health issues.
Health care has consistently been identified as the number one issue for Canadians. No journalist has written on public health with more authority or for as many years as Andre Picard.
In this book, Picard collects some of his most compelling columns, covering a broad range of topics from Canada’s right-to-die law, the financial challenges of a publicly funded health system,. the appalling condition in First Nations communities, the legalization of marijuana and the social and economic impacts of mental illness.
With his reporting, Picard demonstrates the connection between a population’s health and the well-being of society as a whole, provides the facts to help readers make knowledgeable health choices, and acts as a devoted advocate for the marginalized and neglected.
Providing an antidote to widespread fear-mongering and misinformation. This book is essential reading for anyone with an investment in public health–in other words, everyone.
Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed by: Irene S. Roth