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March 7, 2012

Seven Provocative Principles for Health Care Reform

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Department of Medicine, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada (Dr Naylor). Ms Treurnicht Naylor is a student in the MPH program at Columbia University, New York, New York, and a medical student at The University of Western Ontario, London.

JAMA. 2012;307(9):919-920. doi:10.1001/jama.2012.252

Health care managers across industrialized nations have embraced innovations such as modernized information systems, improved integration of services, and better design of financial incentives. However, debate about “big picture” policy remains highly polarized. That observation is underscored in the United States by political responses and legal challenges to the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). Meanwhile, north of the border, there is renewed controversy regarding the public financing of Canada's provincial single-payer health plans.