Review: David Levine’s Health Care and Politics ISBN 9781550654011

Review: David Levine’s Health Care and Politics ISBN 9781550654011

LIQ June 2016 coverThis book review first appeared in the June 2016 issue of Life in Québec Magazine and on Quebec news and information portal LifeinQuebec.com.

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Title: Health Care and Politics: An Insider’s View on Managing and Sustaining Health Care in Canada
Author: David Levine
ISBN: 9781550654011
Price: $24.95
Publisher: Véhicule Press

Review by Mark Lindenberg

David Levine, an adjunct professor in the Faculty of Medicine at McGill University and an associate professor in the Faculty of Public Health at Université de Montréal, takes an in-depth look at his own professional efforts to analyze and define the provision of health care in Québec and Ontario.

He describes his tenures as CEO at various hospitals, including Montréal’s Hôpital Notre-Dame and the Ottawa Hospital, his stint in electoral politics and his experiences in health care oversight at multiple levels.

Like many academics, Levine describes complex systems and recognizes problems. He asks questions, sees nuance where necessary and shows the way to practical solutions. Those solutions are often based on partnership, compromise and creative thinking. They are also impossible to sustain, complicated by the ever-present clash between public needs, public perceptions, bureaucratic demands, personality conflicts and politics.

Still, Levine does a good job outlining Québec’s healthcare system, while throwing more than a passing glance at the overarching Canadian concept of universal health care.

The work is some-times over-written and repetitive, but chapter titles are clear and a definite progression is evident, with some focused writing under strong section headings.

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