Michael Decter and Francesca Grosso
Navigating Canada’s Health Care
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In 701 B.C. the Assyrian empire was in its ascendancy. It had already vanquished the kingdom of Israel to the north including the capital at Samaria. It then prepared an assault on Judah and its capital at Jerusalem.

But in one of those significant events that changes the course of world history, Assyria was repelled. Jerusalem was saved until 586 B.C. when the Babylonians sacked the city, forcing its leadership class into exile.

Henry Aubin, in a major feat of scholarship, determines that Jerusalem was aided by a Kushite army from Africa which had marched northeast from the Nile valley. While the Bible attributes the Assyrian retreat to an angel and secular commentators cite pestilence, Aubin, in a meticulously documented work, demonstrates that an alliance with the African nation of Kush bolstered Jerusalem’s defences.

Kush, also known as Nubia, was located in what is now southern Egypt and northern Sudan. A monarchy that existed for more than 1000 years, from 900 B.C. to A.D. 350, Kushites held sway over Egypt from 712 B.C. to about 660 B.C. Of Egypt’s 31 dynasties, this, the 25th Dynasty, is the only one that all scholars agree, was black.

The commander of the Kushite expeditionary force was Taharqa (or as the Bible calls him Tirhakah). This Kushite prince, who had his own interests in halting Assyrian expansion, likely caught the aggressors by surprise as they prepared their siege of Jerusalem.

Aubin offers a thrilling military history and a stirring political analysis of the ancient world. He also sees the event as influential over the centuries.

The Kushite rescue of the Hebrew kingdom of Judah enabled the fragile, war-ravaged state to endure, to nurse itself back to economic and demographic health, and allowed the Hebrew religion, Yahwism, to evolve within the next several centuries into Judaism. Thus emerged the monotheistic trunk supporting Christianity and Islam.

Navigating Canada’s Health Care

Michael B. Decter is a Harvard trained economist with over two decades of experience as a senior manager. He is a leading Canadian expert on health systems, with a wealth of international experience. In 2004, Michael was awarded The Order of Canada.

Francesca Grosso is a principal at Grosso McCarthy Inc. where she provides counsel to public and private sector clients that specialize in health care. She has provided strategic advice on health care issues to both the federal and provincial governments.

Penguin 2006

Navigating Canada’s Health Care

Navigating Canada’s Health Care is an indispensable, practical guide to getting the best care within the existing health care system by two of the most respected and knowledge people in the field. Filled with concrete, up-to-date information and surprising facts, the book follows best-practice health care through the three stages of life: the early years (including pregnancy and early childhood), the middle years (staying healthy and understanding benefit plans), and the senior years (managing chronic disease, taking care of aging relatives, palliative care, and end-of-life supportive care). It offers the health care consumer much-needed information about what the system does and does not provide, it outlines strategies for you to become a better advocate for yourself and for your loved ones, and it educates you on how you can improve your chances for better health and better care.

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