Q & A with Jeffrey Simpson, author of Chronic Condition + Win a free copy!

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Thursday, January 24, 2013 View Count = 1864

Q & A with Jeffrey Simpson, author of Chronic Condition + Win a free copy!

As we eagerly anticipate the announcement of this year’s winner of the Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing, Samara will be interviewing each of the nominated authors. Our first conversation is with Jeffrey Simpson, author of Chronic Condition, and award-winning national affairs columnist for The Globe and Mail and Officer of the Order of Canada.

The Writers’ Trust has more information on all of the nominated books and authors. 

Submit your guess for the winning book and you’ll be entered in a draw to win all 5!

And now…Jeffrey Simpson:

Can you describe the genesis of Chronic Condition? What brought you to the subject?

Every public opinion poll that I have seen over the last decade lists health-care as the number one or two subject of importance to Canadians. Moreover, when Canadians are asked for their most important national symbol they invariably say “health-care,” which is quite weird if you think about it – that a people should define themselves by their health-care system.

Canadians have been repeatedly told that theirs is the best health-care system in the world. Alas, that belief is as wrong as it is deeply held. By any international comparison, ours is a middle-ranking system by performance, but an expensive one for cost. We have, in other words, a Chevrolet as a system at Cadillac costs.

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