Ever wondered how the Ontario health system works? You can find answers in a book edited by the McMaster Health Forum’s director, entitled Ontario’s health system: Key insights for engaged citizens, professionals and policymakers. The goal of this book is to help make the system more understandable to the citizens who pay for it and are served by it, the professionals who work in it (and future professionals who will one day work in it), and the policymakers who govern it. Each chapter begins with key messages for each of these groups.
You can access the book in one of three ways:
- purchase the ebook through PayHip;
- purchase the book on Amazon.ca (or for individuals outside of Canada, on Amazon.com); or
- download individual book chapters (except for the introduction and conclusion).
The ebook (372MB) offers significant enhancements over the original print version, including: 1) embedded videos that share further insights from the perspective of citizens, professionals, policymakers and researchers; 2) a glossary that provides definitions of important terms the first time they’re introduced in a chapter section or exhibit; 3) easy navigation within and across chapters through hyperlinks and a search feature; and 4) self tests (with pop-up answers) for those who want to ensure they understood key points.
We’re pleased to offer the ebook at the same price as the original print version, which helps to cover a fraction of our costs. In order to help protect the University’s copyright, the purchaser’s email and PayPal account number will appear on every page of the ebook (this is a text stamp and will not provide access to your PayPal account).
McMaster University is also continuing to make individual book chapters freely available to advance the public interest. However, the University does not give permission for these chapters to be posted on websites other than the website of the McMaster Health Forum, or to be circulated electronically. Chapters include figures that highlight key features of a sector or other parts of the health system ‘at-a-glance.’ Given the complexity of these figures, they are spread over two pages. We offer two different formats of each chapter for download, the second of which allows for the two-page ‘at-a-glance’ figures to appear on facing pages.
Please note that you need Adobe Reader installed on your device to open the ebook and an individual book chapter, both of which are in PDF format.
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We welcome corrections, updates and feedback, as well as suggestions for conditions, treatments and populations that we do not cover in the book, so that we can incorporate them when we create an eBook and when we update the print version of the book (which we plan to do periodically). Please send your comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The appropriate citation for this book is: Lavis JN (editor), Ontario’s health system: Key insights for engaged citizens, professionals and policymakers. Hamilton: McMaster Health Forum; 2016.