Outspoken Canadian health system advocate to share her thoughts on improving healthcare for seniors

By Costa Maragos Posted: February 26, 2018 6:00 a.m.

Dr. Danielle Martin has gained a huge following after her defence of Canada’s health care system before a tough U.S. Senate committee   She’s speaking on campus March 1.
Dr. Danielle Martin has gained a huge following after her defence of Canada’s health care system before a tough U.S. Senate committee She’s speaking on campus March 1. Photo courtesy of Ed Rek

Dr. Danielle Martin, a Toronto physician who launched to prominence following her strong defence of Canada’s health care system before a U.S. Senate committee, is speaking on campus on Thursday, March 1.

Martin is the guest speaker at the U of R’s Centre on Aging and Health’s annual Distinguished Lecture. Her talk is titled Better Now: How we can Improve Healthcare for Seniors.

Martin launched into the public eye following her testimony before a 2014 U.S. Senate subcommittee examining Obamacare. Her calm demeanor in the face of tough questions from Republican Senator Richard Burr gained Martin many fans. A segment of the Senate testimony posted by Senator Bernie Sanders has received more than 1.5 million YouTube hits.



“Watching Danielle Martin’s testimony filled me with a great sense of pride about being Canadian and about Canada’s health care system,” says Dr. Thomas Hadjistavropoulos, Professor of Psychology, and Director of the Centre on Aging and Health. “The popularity that she has gained through media exposure and through her book Better Now: Six Big Ideas to Improve Health Care for all Canadians places her in a very strong position to influence policies that could help optimize health care for seniors and for all Canadians.”
 
While Martin is a devoted defender of Canada’s Medicare system, she sees room for improvement, particularly as it relates to providing care for seniors. She will share her ideas with the campus audience.

Martin is the Vice-President Medical Affairs and Health System Solutions at Women's College Hospital, Toronto and the founder of Women’s College Hospital Institute for Health System Solutions and Virtual Care, where she is also a Senior Innovation Fellow.  

Trained as a family physician, Martin is also an associate professor at the University of Toronto.
Her lecture is free and open to the public. The University of Regina Bookstore will have copies of Martin’s book on-site and she will be available to sign copies.
 
Event:     Better Now: How we can Improve Health Care for Seniors
Date:      Thursday, March 1
Time:       6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Location: Classroom Building (CL 110) Main Campus

Free parking is available in lots 16Z and 17Z. For more information please contact Janine Beahm at cah@uregina.ca or call 306-337-8477