Engaging ideas, transforming minds
Engaging ideas, transforming minds

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432 pages
6 x 9 inches
December 2016
Print ISBN: 9781551309248


Designed to make the subject of health policy accessible to students, this revised and updated text introduces the recent key developments in health policy in Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, and elsewhere. Well researched and accessible, its twelve chapters guide readers through the various models of policy development and implementation using case studies of actual policies and offering questions that spark critical thinking.

Focusing on the organization of health care delivery in Canada, the impact of economic globalization on health policy, and the impact of the market on health policy, Toba Bryant has developed the perfect classroom resource for students. With new sections on wait times, health funding cutbacks, and the Liberal Party’s new health accord, Health Policy in Canada offers content applicable to a range of health sectors, including nursing, health sciences, medicine, and social work.


  • includes critical-thinking questions, suggested online resources, and a recommended readings list for each chapter
  • contains new chapter-end glossaries of key terms
  • considers social equity and determinants of health in addition to health care
  • offers content applicable to a variety of disciplines, including nursing, health sciences, medicine, and social work

Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Edition

Chapter 1: Introducing Health Policy and Policy Studies

Chapter 2: Ways of Knowing: Health Policy and Health Studies

Chapter 3: Theories of Public Policy

Chapter 4: Understanding Policy Change

Chapter 5: Influences on Public Policy

Chapter 6: Overview of the Canadian Health Care System

Chapter 7: Health Care Reform in Canada

Chapter 8: Markets and Health Policy

Chapter 9: Health Policy in Broader Perspective: Welfare States and Public Policy

Chapter 10: Canadian Federalism, the Canadian Social Union, and Health Policy

Chapter 11: Globalization and Free Trade

Chapter 12: The Future of Health Policy in Canada

Copyright Acknowledgements



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