Engaging ideas, transforming minds
Engaging ideas, transforming minds
432 pages
6 x 9 inches
December 2016
Print ISBN: 9781551309248
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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. Its chapters guide readers through the various models of policy development and implementation using case studies of actual policies, and offer questions that spark critical thinking. Taking as her focus 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 produced the perfect classroom resource for students in a range of health sectors.


  • 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

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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


Toba Bryant

Toba Bryant is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology, whose topics of interest include health and social policy, globalization, the health of Canadians, social determinants of health, and urban health.

An Introduction to Health Policy, Staying Alive, Second Edition, Health Policy in Canada, Second Edition, Staying Alive, Third Edition


“The strengths of the book are its targeting of a Canadian health care policy audience and its emphasis on using case studies of actual policies to illustrate the various theoretical perspectives. The focus on the relationship between health and social welfare is also a strength.”
—  Paula Goering, Section Head, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health

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