Andrew Boozary
Andrew S. Boozary is a resident physician in Toronto, Ontario and the founding editor of the Harvard Public Health Review in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Entries by Andrew Boozary

Better Data Is The Right Prescription For Health-Care Systems

(2) Comments | Posted January 9, 2017 | 4:23 PM

Co-authored with Emily Nicholas, a patient advisor with health care organizations across Canada and director of health engagement and communication at Reframe Health Lab.

In one of the final episodes of Netflix's Master of None, Aziz Ansari, the lovable protagonist, ends up taking hours simply choosing the right taco spot....

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Why We Need to Break the Silence on Eating Disorders

(6) Comments | Posted December 23, 2013 | 5:34 PM

Over the course of medical school, you are expected to get comfortable with a whole host of expensive-sounding equipment (see: popsicle stick becomes tongue depressor).

You sling a stethoscope around your neck, maybe tuck a reflex hammer in your white coat pocket, and begin that privileged journey of looking...

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Why Medicine Needs the Humanities More Than Ever

(0) Comments | Posted October 14, 2013 | 11:53 PM

The dream was that reason, in the form of the arts and sciences, would liberate humanity from scarcity and the caprices of nature, ignorance and superstition, tyranny, and not least of all, the diseases of the body and the spirit.

-Paul Starr, The Social Transformation of American Medicine


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When It Comes to Canadians' Health, Postal Code Matters

(8) Comments | Posted July 24, 2013 | 6:07 PM

But the game is rigged. Let me tell you how I came here. I write for a major magazine and this is a privilege. I would say that it is earned, except that many people earn many things which they never receive. Privilege is like money -- when you have...
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The Fraser Institute on Health Care: Around the World in 80 Days

(30) Comments | Posted May 24, 2013 | 11:07 AM

The good folks at The Fraser Institute recently put out an interesting bet, right here, on the Huffington Post. After publishing their latest instalment of international health care systems, the authors seem sold on travel as a means of enlightenment. If only Canadians could get an airplane ticket...

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Is the Bangladesh Factory Too Far for Us to Care?

(8) Comments | Posted April 29, 2013 | 1:00 AM

The death toll from the collapse of a garment factory in Bangladesh now stands at over 350 people. The footage of young children holding up pictures of their missing mothers is heart wrenching. And in its aftermath, there too was a manhunt for the owners...

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What Mental Health Needs More Than Science

(3) Comments | Posted February 12, 2013 | 8:12 AM

"There is genuine anguish and suffering. But madness can sometimes be a legitimate response to an unjust society." -- Geoffrey Reaume

It's one of those quotes you have to take a pencil out for and underline freehand. By the time I got to the end of the...

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For-Profit Health Care Treats Shareholders First

(0) Comments | Posted September 26, 2012 | 1:31 PM

This past week, a small family-owned medical facility just outside Toronto, the Shouldice Hospital, catapulted to the centre of the public-private debate in Canadian health care. Hernia repair, regarded as a relatively routine surgical procedure, is what the clinic built its sterling reputation upon. Even Atul Gawande, Harvard surgeon and...

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Will This Man Give Canada's Healthcare a Shot in the Arm?

(7) Comments | Posted August 13, 2012 | 1:40 AM

The Canadian Medical Association's 145th annual meeting is taking place this week. In one of the most anticipated proceedings in recent memory, the who's who of health policy will be gathering in Yellowknife. Yes, Yellowknife. And with the mantra of the meeting being health equity, there may have...

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What Basketball Can Teach Us About Obamacare

(6) Comments | Posted July 30, 2012 | 6:45 PM

Basketball imposed my first patient experience in the American health care system. A loose ball and flying elbow saw me to an x-ray machine and a consult with a respected surgeon in New York City. The wait at the hospital was long. CNN blazed through the speakers and the only...

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Is There Really a 1% Group for Canadian Healthcare?

(3) Comments | Posted July 19, 2012 | 8:38 AM

At our country's most visible cultural event last week, Prime Minister Stephen Harper chose to describe Canada as a "great country rising." With the economic indicators of his choice, he is certainly not wrong. Yet the rising tide has not been lifting all boats, and the political will...

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