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Danielle Martin

Physician and Vice President, Women's College Hospital in Toronto, advisor, EvidenceNetwork.ca

Dr. Danielle Martin is a family physician and the board chair of Canadian Doctors for Medicare. She is clinical staff at Women's College Hospital and lecturer in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto. She served on the Health Council of Canada from 2005-2011.

Dr. Martin is an active student of public policy, serving on the Advisory Board of the Mowat Centre for Policy Innovation and enrolled in the Master of Public Policy program at the School of Public Policy and Governance, University of Toronto. Dr. Martin has been recognized for contributions to improving Canadian health care. In 2005, she received the Canadian Medical Association Award for Young Leaders; in 2006, the Ontario College of Family Physicians named her one of three New Family Doctors of the Year.

Dr. Martin helped launch Canadian Doctors for Medicare in May 2006, as the voice for Canadian physicians who believe in "a high quality, equitable, sustainable health system built on the best available evidence as the highest expression of Canadians caring for one another."
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Basic Income Is Just What the Doctor Ordered

What makes people sick? Infectious agents like bacteria and viruses and personal factors like smoking, eating poorly and living a sedentary lifestyle. But none of these compares to the way that poverty makes us sick. Prescribing medications and lifestyle changes for our patients who suffer from income deficiency isn't enough; we need to start prescribing healthy incomes. The upstream factors that affect health -- such as income, education, employment, housing, and food security -- have a far greater impact on whether we will be ill or well. Of these, income has the most powerful influence, as it shapes access to the other health determinants.
09/08/2015 12:48 EDT
Geri Lavrov

Universal Canadian Drug Coverage Is Good for Business

Businesses care about the health and well-being of the Canadian workforce. Employees that can afford the medicines as and when prescribed will be healthier, happier, and more productive. In this election year, it is time for Canada's business leaders to call for universal, public pharmacare.
04/23/2015 12:59 EDT
Bloomberg via Getty Images

Canada Needs a National Standard for Drug Coverage, Not a Patchwork System

Better pharmacare for all Canadians will be difficult to achieve without the federal government at the table. The government of Canada could lead on this issue in a way that no single province or territory can do, by supporting the development of a single national list of drugs to be covered for all Canadians and by harnessing the purchasing power of the whole nation to get the best possible bang for our buck.
10/01/2014 05:28 EDT
AP

Harper Hacks Down Our Medicare

We need leaders who will rise to the challenge of protecting and improving medicare, not shirk their responsibilities. Prime Minister Harper, you are needed back at the table for a 2014 Health Accord. Canadians have real expectations of you, not just to cut cheques -- and increasingly smaller cheques at that -- but to lead Canada on health care. Your absence will hurt the health of Canadians.
07/18/2012 05:09 EDT