On Canada’s Health-Care System

by Don Boudreaux on November 17, 2009

in Health, Myths and Fallacies

Canadian Rondi Adamson offers her sober thoughts, in this short essay, on Canada’s health-care system.  (HT Gerry Nicholls)  Here’s a short snippet:

We [Canadians] would do well to not preach, in spite of Barack Obama’s assertion — during his appearance a few weeks ago on the Late Show with David Letterman — that Canadians “are perfectly happy with their system.”

Are we? A one-time, extensive US-Canada sponsored study, done in 2004, showed that Canadians and uninsured Americans had similar levels of satisfaction when it came to healthcare. In fact, more Americans (53 percent) than Canadians (44 percent) were said to be “very satisfied” with the state of their healthcare.

My preference would be for Canada to adopt a multi-tiered approach to healthcare, in which the private and public intermingle. For those concerned this would be “unfair,“ they are fooling themselves if they think there aren’t Canadians who, through personal and professional connections, bump queues and otherwise receive favourable treatment.


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