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Distributed for University of British Columbia Press

A Healthy Society

How a Focus on Health Can Revive Canadian Democracy, Updated and Expanded Edition

Distributed for University of British Columbia Press

A Healthy Society

How a Focus on Health Can Revive Canadian Democracy, Updated and Expanded Edition

A Healthy Society offers a new approach to politics – and a new approach to building a healthier world. Dr. Meili argues that health delivery too often focuses on treatment of immediate causes and ignores fundamental conditions that lead to poor health, such as income, education, employment, housing, and environment. This updated edition explores the positive steps that have been taken since publication of the first edition, and includes expanded discussions of basic income, poverty reduction strategies, innovative housing polices, carbon pricing, and the role of health professionals in working for health equity. This book breaks important ground, showing us how a focus on health can change Canadian politics for the better.

248 pages


Table of Contents

Foreword / André Picard

Foreword to the First Edition / Roy Romanow

Preface

1 A Healthy Society

2 Medicine on a Larger Scale

3 The Extra Mile

4 Growth and Development

5 The Search for a Cure to Poverty

6 Out of House and Home

7 The Warming World

8 The Equality of Mercy

9 Learning to Live

10 Heading Downstream

11 Less Politics, More Democracy

12 Our Future Together

Notes; Index

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