Americans living in Canada generally rated the US health care system as being better than the Canadian system.
This innovation-rich environment stems from the money spent on American health care and also from the richer and more competitive American universities. The American government could use its size, or use the law, to bargain down health care prices, as many European governments have done. In the short run, this would save money but in the longer run it would cost lives.
Medical innovations improve health and life expectancy in all wealthy countries, not just in the United States. That is one reason American citizens do not live longer. Furthermore, the lucrative United States health care market enhances research and development abroad and not just at home.
This reminds me of those who say "Canada can easily afford to be a peaceful nation - they've got the good ol' USA to protect them." Grrrr.
A CEO-type he had as a new patient said that his former employer in the US had paid for a full body MRI every month. Here, there's no facility to even attempt to do that sort of thing and certainly not part of corporate health care structures. As with everything in the US, it's better if you're rich.
It's compelling material -- I know because, born and raised in Canada, I used to believe in government-run health care. Then I was mugged by reality.
Consider, for instance, Mr. Moore's claim that ERs don't overcrowd in Canada. A Canadian government study recently found that only about half of patients are treated in a timely manner, as defined by local medical and hospital associations. "The research merely confirms anecdotal reports of interminable waits," reported a national newspaper. While people in rural areas seem to fare better, Toronto patients receive care in four hours on average; one in 10 patients waits more than a dozen hours.
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