Yet, Dr. Glover's submission with its emphasis on putting patients at the centre of the system was deemed the most revolutionary. As Glover explains, whether it's Canada or the U.S., "the system is in trouble and we need to stop trying to fix the symptoms. It is time to design a system around health, rather than expecting people to compromise their health goals to fit a system."
Glover's model puts each individual firmly in the centre of their personal health system. "The fact that all Canadians have access to a universal health safety net that guarantees a basic level of care for all is one of our greatest accomplishments and must be protected. The problem is to create a system that supports all people in their endeavour to become all they are capable of, rather than forcing people to accept a politically determined level of well being."
Although many health stakeholders (providers, business and politicians) claim to be patient-centered, no group has ever put together the pieces of the puzzle to make this happen. Glover's informed and empowered people-centered model addresses all the issues. It is not based on political goals (public opinion polls), business profits, a socialistic or capitalistic dream or a particular political party's platform. It is based on three universal truths, an informed age definition of health and six principles that people live by to achieve their health goals.
Glover states, "No country has ever implemented a patient centered model for health support, but Canada is perfectly positioned to be a leader. The challenge for all Canadians is to think outside the box and put health before their political, professional or business goals."
Glover will be publishing his book, Journey to
in September 2004. He can be reached by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Since 1995 he has been lobbying
for political reform in the Canadian Health
In October 2003 he won an
international competition in the USA to "Design an American Health
System" and this he admits "has opened many
He is currently finishing his
book, Journey to Wellness, which will be released in
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