This May Hurt a Bit


Some painful news: Canada no longer has the best health-care system in the world.

“How might we fix Canada’s health-care system?”; “Why would we want to?”; and “What’s stopping us from doing so?” These three questions lie at the heart of this in-depth exploration of one of the biggest political and personal issues facing Canadians.

This book explains why change must occur, in light of the implications of embracing the status quo and doing nothing, and describes how Canadians need to get engaged in order to save our health-care system. This May Hurt a Bit is meant to provide a blueprint for change once those in charge finally acknowledge that most inconvenient truth — namely, that Canada’s health-care system is in poor health.


One part memoir, two parts jeremiad, This May Hurt a Bit demands a discussion on healthcare. Skyvington pokes, prods, and provokes until he gets the debate Canadians need

Shawn Whatley, MD, past president of the Ontario Medical Association, author of No More Lethal Waits

Skyvington uses a lifetime of experience to do more than just tell the story of our healthcare system. He uses it to skillfully offer a bold, comprehensive prescription for its ailments

Jaime Watt, executive chairman, Navigator

Stephen Skyvington’s perspective on the intersection of politics and health care in Canada is unique and without equal. No previous account has shed such clear light on how government decision-makers and key health players interact and determine how – or whether – our health system works. This May Hurt a Bit offers a fearless and independent critical analysis and prescription for action that provides a crucial contribution to the future of health care policy-making in Canada.

Dan Rath, co-author, Not Without Cause – David Peterson’s Fall From Grace

Stephen Skyvington has written a must-read for anyone interested in exploring an honest and provocative framework for the creation of an effective, responsive and sustainable healthcare system that doesn't bankrupt the government.

Wayne Clancy, founder, MindSuiteMetrics and

About the Authors

Stephen Skyvington

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Stephen Skyvington

Stephen Skyvington is one of Canada’s pre-eminent political pundits and health-care policy experts. His columns regularly appear in newspapers all across Canada. Stephen also appears on NEWSTALK 1010 every Saturday. Formerly the manager of government relations for the Ontario Medical Association, he is currently the president of PoliTrain Inc. He lives in Cobourg, Ontario.