Why is it we celebrate the production of 10,000 SUVs or 10,000 television sets as economic growth but don’t do the same for 10,000 hip replacements?
Dr. Gordon Guyatt points out that there is likely more merit to the hip replacements than the SUVs, yet we are conditioned to think otherwise.
Dr. Gordon Guyatt
Public health care is not a drain on the economy, but part of the economy.
Speaking at a “Students for Medicare” conference in Toronto March 31, the McMaster University professor and recent recipient of the Order of Canada made the case that the road to sustainable health care is in publicly funded health care.
Guyatt was critical of the mainstream media who only look at the sustainability of public health care costs, ignoring total health care costs.
Internationally respected health researcher Dr. Gordon Guyatt and Economist Armine Yalnizyan are the featured speakers at this year’s Students For Medicare conference taking place March 31st at the Cecil St. Steelworkers Hall in Toronto.
Guyatt will be speaking about the public-private debate and what it means in today’s economic climate. Guyatt was recently appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada for his work on evidence-based medicine and its teaching. A professor at the department of clinical epidemiology and biostatistics at McMaster University, he is also an active spokesperson for the Medical Reform Group and sits as a board member of the Ontario Health Coalition.
Yalnizyan will be looking at the climate of fiscal restraint and its impact on health care. Yalnizyan joined the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives in 2008 and is a regular panelist on CBC’s Lang and O’Leary Exchange. She is also one of the most read contributors to the Globe and Mail’s Economy Lab and is a founding member of the Progressive Economics Forum.
Participants can also take their choice of several small group sessions on emerging issues in Canada’s health care.
The conference runs from 10 am to 2:30 pm and includes lunch.
Registration begins at 9:30 am.
While the conference is free, you should register in advance by clicking here.
We are overdue in extending our congratulations to Dr. Gordon Guyatt who is to be awarded the Order of Canada by Governor General David Johnston later this year.
Dr. Guyatt is professor of clinical epidemiology and biostatics at Hamilton’s McMaster Unversity, but is best known to Ontarians as a passionate advocate for public Medicare.
The end of the year announcement is officially for Guyatt’s contributions “to the advancement of evidence-based medicine and its teaching.”