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Canada has better health care results and lower cost
Better Health Care results in Canada and costs are lower.
Canada's health care system produces better results at lower costs than our U.S. system. The infant mortality rate is lower and people live longer in Canada than in the United States. The cost is lower because Canada has universal single payer health care without parasitic insurance companies bleeding Canadians for 30 percent of health expenditures as we do here in the United States. The results are better because NOBODY, however poor, is without health insurance in Canada. It is true that there are sometimes long waits for non-emergency, discretionary surgical procedures. And some Canadians do come to the U.S. for cosmetic and other medical procedures not covered or for which there is a waiting list in Canada. But the bottom line is that overall results are better and costs are significantly lower. Overall mortality in the United States is 29 percent higher than in Canada.
1-10-13NYTimes "For Americans Under 50, Stark Findings on Health" by Sabrina Tavernise
- Americans Under 50 Fare Poorly on Health Measures, New Report Says - NYTimes.com
Young Americans die earlier and live in poorer health than counterparts in 16 other developed countries, according to analysis of health and longevity in the United States. Car accidents, gun violence and drug overdoses major contributors to years of
"Canadian vs. U.S. Health Care Myths" Pacific Standard 2-25-10
- Specialist Visits Determined By Health In Canada, Wealth In U.S.
Research shows that specialist visits are determined by health in Canada, by income in U.S.
10-15-12NYTimes OP-ED "Death by Ideology" Paul Krugman
- Death by Ideology - NYTimes.com
Despite what Mitt Romney says, the lack of health insurance does kill people.
9-11-12NYTimes EDITORIAL "Waste in Health Care System"
- Waste in the Health Care System - NYTimes.com
A new report by the Institute of Medicine explains how hundreds of billions of dollars is spent on unnecessary services and other needless costs.
1-15-12NYTimes--US Government to Require Drug Companies to Disclose Payments to Doctors
- U.S. to Tell Drug Makers to Disclose Payments to Doctors - NYTimes.com
To head off medical conflicts of interest, the companies would be required to disclose what they pay doctors for research, consulting, speaking, travel and entertainment. Drugs cost less in Canada, too.
U.S. Trained Doctor Demystifies Canadian Health Care System
- U.S.-trained doctor demystifies Canada’s health system | Physicians for a National Health Program
The following text is an unofficial transcript of a radio broadcast titled “Demystifying the Canadian Health System” featuring Dr. Khati Hendry. She appeared on “Your Health Radio with Dr. Adam Goldstein and Dr. Cristy Page” on WCHL 1360 AM on Nov. 1
Krugman is Correct about Single Payer Health Care
Letter to the Editor of the NY Times Published November 9, 2007
To the Editor:
I live across the river from Windsor, Ontario, and for several years I've asked every Canadian I've met whether he or she would trade their health care system for ours. I have yet to get a ''yes'' answer to that question. And, as someone who is covered by Medicare, I completely agree with Paul Krugman's comment that Americans like the program very much.
So it seems to me that since we already have a national, single-payer system called Medicare that works quite well, the most logical approach to health care reform would be to extend this system in gradual increments to the rest of the population, starting with the most vulnerable of our citizens -- children, the long-term unemployed and so forth -- until everyone is covered by the program. Am I missing something?
Birmingham, Mich., Nov. 9, 2007
12 -9-11NYTimes OP-ED "To Fix Health, Help the Poor" Elizabeth Bradley and Lauren Taylor
- To Fix Health Care, Help the Poor - NYTimes.com
If you count spending on social services, other countries spend more to achieve a healthier society than the United States does.
12-19-11NYT Letters "The Road from Poverty to Health"
- The Road From Poverty to Health - NYTimes.com
Readers respond to an Op-Ed article, “To Fix Health, Help the Poor.”
12-13-11NYTimes--Republican Bill Would Encourage Costly For-profit Hospitals
- Republican Tax and Unemployment Bill Would Help Hospitals Owned by Doctors - NYTimes.com
The payroll tax and unemployment bill would also repeal and relax limits on doctor-owned hospitals, which tend to raise costs for other insurers.
12-4-11NYTimes--20 to 30% of US Health Spending is "Waste"
- Parting Shot at ‘Waste’ By Key Obama Health Official - NYTimes.com
Dr. Donald M. Berwick, in charge of Medicare and Medicaid for the last 17 months, said that 20 percent to 30 percent of health spending is “waste” that yields no benefit and that some of the spending results from archaic Medicare regulations.
8-30-11NYTimes "An Insurance Maze for US Doctors
- An Insurance Maze for U.S. Doctors - NYTimes.com
American doctors spent more than $80,000 per year per physician dealing with insurance and payment issues, or roughly four times as much as their counterparts in Canada, according to a recent report.
9--9-09 NYTimes--Medicare Costs and Care Quality Hightly Variable
- Graphic Showing Cost of Medicare and Quality of Care by State
Louisiana & Mississippi have poorest quality care and Wisconsin and Minnesota the highest. New York and New Jersey have the highest cost, Hawaii, Oregon & N. Dakota the lowest.
Bush to Propose a Tax to Provide Health Care Coverage
Are Drug Companies Bribing Your Doctor?
Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit has taken steps to put a
stop to "freebies" passed out to doctors and their staffs.
Here's a link to an article describing the new policy:
- Why Health Insurance? by Robert Blumen
Insurance has come to mean the same thing as health care in the minds of Americans. In current opinion, it goes without saying that a third party (known as an insurance company, but not an insurer in the strict sense), should pay most expenses.
McAllen's Medical Care Pig Trough
- For Profit Health Care in McAllen Texas Costs Double
The Profit Motive is Driving Up Health Care Costs I was inspired to create this Hub by an article in this week's New Yorker by Dr. Atul Gawande, a professor of surgery at Harvard Medical School, and by his appearance today on NPR's "On Point." Dr. Ga