Canada's Health Care "Crisis": Accumulation by Dispossession and the Neoliberal Fix

Heather Whiteside

Abstract


Heather Whiteside's article, "Canada's Health Care "Crisis": Accumulation by Dispossession and the Neoliberal Fix," argues for the need to understand the development and transformation of the Canadian healthcare system as part of a broader analysis of capitalist accumulation strategies. Building upon the work of David Harvey, Whiteside critically interrogates how the privatization of public assets and the contracting out of essential services fits into a broader strategy to "fix" the current crisis of capitalist accumulation. As she points out, one of the consequences of neoliberal reforms to Canada's Medicare system is that it puts into contradiction the guiding principles of an institution developed under the auspices of the Keynesian welfare state.

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