A Principle-Based Approach to Reforming the Canadian Healthcare System
Canadians are passionate about their healthcare system—and their hockey. While the Canadian medical system is a source of pride—based on ideals of universal coverage, public funding, and high-quality medical care—this treasured healthcare system is failing due to soaring costs, the challenge of an aging population, and poor care delivery. It needs a reality check.
In How Hockey Can Save Healthcare, author and orthopaedic surgeon Dr. Stephen Pinney pulls the curtain back on the existing Canadian healthcare system and exposes its fundamental flaws—flaws that are the inevitable result of the system’s history and evolution. Hockey, Canada’s game, offers a potential solution to this national dilemma. The principles needed to run an effective healthcare system are similar to those required to run a successful professional hockey team: know your goals, work as a team, hold individuals accountable, and measure results accurately. Basing his analysis on his own experience at the heart of the system, Dr. Pinney uses real-life stories, revealing facts, and insightful hockey analogies to highlight the profound issues confronting the current healthcare system.