Saturday, September 19, 2009

Canadian Healthcare system proven better than U.S. and 47% less cost!

This excerpt from a Bloomberg news article should debunk the claims of inferior Canadian Healthcare. Here's the headline and a link at the end to the entire article by Pat Wechsler.

Canadian Health Care, Even With Queues, Bests U.S. (Update1)
By Pat Wechsler

Sept. 18 (Bloomberg) -- Opponents of overhauling U.S. health care argue that Canada shows what happens when government gets involved in medicine, saying the country is plagued by inferior treatment, rationing and months-long queues.

The allegations are wrong by almost every measure, according to research by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development and other independent studies published during the past five years. While delays do occur for non-emergency procedures, data indicate that Canada’s system of universal health coverage provides care as good as in the U.S., at a cost 47 percent less for each person.

“There is an image of Canadians flooding across the border to get care,” said Donald Berwick, a Harvard University health- policy specialist and pediatrician who heads the Boston-based nonprofit Institute for Healthcare Improvement. “That’s just not the case. The public in Canada is far more satisfied with the system than they are in the U.S. and health care is at least as good, with much more contained costs.”

Canadians live two to three years longer than Americans and are as likely to survive heart attacks, childhood leukemia, and breast and cervical cancer, according to the OECD, the Paris- based coalition of 30 industrialized nations.

Deaths considered preventable through health care are less frequent in Canada than in the U.S., according to a January 2008 report in the journal Health Affairs. In the study by British researchers, Canada placed sixth among 19 countries surveyed, with 77 deaths for every 100,000 people. That compared with the last-place finish of the U.S., with 110 deaths.

Infant Mortality

The Canadian mortality rate from asthma is one quarter of the U.S.’s, and the infant mortality rate is 34 percent lower, OECD data show. People in Canada are also 21 percent more apt to survive five years after a liver transplant.

To read the entire article click here.

Here are some links to related articles:
What About Physician Salaries? ( A comparison of US vs Canadian doctors salaries)
The US and Canada: Different Forms of Medical Rationing

And last but not least, this one from a newspaper of 2 patients, one from Canada and one from Michigan who both had babies on the same day. Very interesting indeed!
Oh, Canada, where health care for all 33 million is free

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Anonymous Staging Professionals Toronto said...

Interesting stories, and I must say, I can't but agree. Canada's system is far more humane and considerate to people than the US one. having the top-notch equipment in the world doesn't mean everything. And that equipment isn't even available for everyone, just the insured. Too bad that 35 million people are left to cope with their injuries on their own when they can't afford a procedure. It seems more like a third world health care system to me...

Take care, Ella

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