Doctor Discovers Cure for Canadian Healthcare System

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Stephen Pinney, M.D. finds solutions to current flaws, through hockey, in his new book.

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Restructuring healthcare delivery is necessary to make this dream of the ideal healthcare system a reality.

While the Canadian healthcare system struggles to address rising costs, an aging population, long wait times and substandard care, and, now, a constitutional challenge on access to private care, one doctor has found the cure.

Dr. Stephen Pinney, a Canadian-trained orthopaedic surgeon and former clinical professor in the Dept. of Orthopaedics at the University of British Colombia has found the answer: hockey.

In his new book, “How Hockey Can Save Healthcare,” Pinney pulls back the curtain and exposes the flaws of the current Canadian healthcare system. He offers expert-sourced and principle-based ideas for reforming the fragmented, inefficient system. Pinney combines two sources of Canadian pride and passion: healthcare and hockey, to provide a tool for understanding the problems and outlining solutions so that the ideal of a high-quality, government-funded healthcare system for all Canadians can be realized.

“Canadians are passionate and rightly proud of the ideals underpinning their healthcare system,” said Pinney. “Unfortunately, the existing system is organized around a historically-based framework, which is fundamentally flawed. Restructuring healthcare delivery is necessary to make this dream of the ideal healthcare system a reality.”

Pinney utilizes his experience as a practicing physician, as well as his love of hockey, to explain the current structure and provides a roadmap for achieving the system Canadians deserve.

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How Hockey Can Save Healthcare
By Stephen Pinney, M.D.
ISBN: 978-1-4843-5278-4 (available in hardcover, paperback and e-book)
Available at Lulu Publishing Services and Amazon

About the author
Stephen Pinney BA (Harvard), MD (McGill), MEd (UBC), FRCSC is a practicing orthopaedic surgeon with expertise in healthcare reform. He is Canadian-trained and a Fellow of the Royal College of Canada, board-certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and was sub-specialty trained in foot and ankle surgery at Harborview Medical Center, University of Washington. He is a former clinical professor in the Department of Orthopaedics at the University of British Columbia and previously served as the head of the Department of Orthopaedics at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver, British Columbia. He has authored over 30 peer-reviewed publications on topics related to orthopaedic research, healthcare system reform, the ethics of healthcare leadership, and quality and process improvement tools/strategies. He is a skilled educator, with a master’s degree in Adult Education. Pinney is a passionate advocate for patient education and a lifelong hockey fan.


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