In 2006, Dr Danielle Martin founded Canadian Doctors for Medicare, an organization which seeks to "provide a voice for Canadian doctors who want to strengthen and improve Canada's universal publicly-funded health care system" and advocates for "innovations in treatment and prevention services that are evidence-based and improve access, quality, equity and sustainability."
Dr. Martin's gave a keynote address at the Family Medicine Forum last week in Quebec and as I was at a CMA Healthcare Transformation Working Group meeting, I was unable to attend.
However, even those who weren't there we aware of the profound importance of her talk. She presented Three Big Ideas for transforming the Canadian Healthcare System. They are sensible, explicitly involve "Less is More Medicine," and are achievable.
She's also speaking on this topic in Vancouver on November 27th.
If you cannot attend one of her talks in person but want to know what her Three Big Ideas are, you still can. Fortunately, she was also the inaugural speaker for the Now or Never: Innovation in Health Care Forum series in Halifax and this was recorded, so you can view a similar talk in its entirety below:
I must admit, Dr Martin already had me won over long ago but her no-nonsense approach to defending, nay, promoting medicare solidified it. Her pointed responses to American politicians this spring had me howling with laughter (and cheering in agreement).
Watch the whole thing or just 2:55-4:00 of the video below if you want to see the bit where her education and passion allow her to shut down the opponents completely. *high five*
I think the Canadian Health Care system is in good hands with her vision.