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Health Care Reform and the Law in Canada

Meeting the Challenge

edited by Timothy Caulfield & Barbara von Tigerstrom

The University of Alberta Press
Initial publish date
Jan 2002
Health Care Issues
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Sweeping changes are being proposed as Canadians examine our health care system. But what are the legal implications of health care reform? In this timely collection, lawyers and legal scholars discuss a variety of topics in health care reform, including regulation of private care, interpretation of the Canada Health Act, and the constitutional implications of proposed reforms. Barbara von Tigerstrom is currently studying at the University of Cambridge in England. Timothy Caulfield lives in Edmonton, where he teaches at the University of Alberta.

About the authors


TIMOTHY CAULFIELD is a professor in the Faculty of Law and the School of Public Health as well as research director of the Health Law and Science Policy Group at the University of Alberta. In recent years he has led and collaborated on a number of research projects having to do with the social challenges associated with genomic technologies, stem cell research, and the application of ethics in health sciences. He is a member of the Royal Society of Canada and the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences. He has also been involved with a number of national and international policy and research ethics committees, including Canadian Biotechnology Advisory Committee, Genome Canada’s Science Advisory Committee, and the Federal Panel on Research Ethics.Caulfield is a frequent speaker at academic and public gatherings. He contributes often to popular media. He lives and works out vigorously and often in Edmonton.  

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Barbara von Tigerstrom is a professor in the College of Law, University of Saskatchewan, where she has been a faculty member since 2005. She holds a PhD in law from the University of Cambridge, and previously worked at the Supreme Court of Canada, the University of Alberta, and the University of Canterbury. Her main areas of teaching and research are information and privacy law, health law, and tort law. She has received several awards for excellence in teaching and research, including the Canadian Association of Law Teachers Prize for Academic Excellence and the University of Saskatchewan Students’ Union Teaching Excellence Award.


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Editorial Reviews

"Health Care Reform and the Law in Canada was a pleasant surprise to read. It should be recommended reading for anyone interested in health-care reforms, and it is an unexpected strong argument for retaining our dominantly public health care system." Joan Price Boase, Canadian Public Administration/Administration Publique du Canada

"I recommend this book without reservation. The essays have several underlying themes, which taken together prove why more lawyers should become knowledgeable about health care reform.... When governments sit down to discuss health care reform, much more than money is on the table." Donna Greschner, Saskatchewan Law Review 2002

"The papers in this volume are provocative because they tackle questions central to all advanced health care systems, even as the primary focus of the volume is on legal concerns related to policy reforms in the Canadian health care system. How can a balance be struck by policymakers juggling resource limitations, technological breakthroughs, traditional legal obligations, the professional sovereignty of physicians, the demands of patients and the globalization of national economies? A careful reading of these pieces will advance our ability to prepare to strike that balance." Craig Ramsay, American Review of Canadian Studies