Universal Health Care in Canada

Are Patients in Universal Healthcare Countries Less Satisfied

i-7f6d539e464db886003a2eb7229e9ff0-HFA1.gifA dishonest campaign has started against healthcare reform in this country and the first shot has come from Conservatives for Patients Rights (CPR), a group purporting to show that patients in universal health systems suffer from government interference in health care. To bolster their argument, they have a pile of anecdotes from people around the world who have suffered at the hands of evil government-run systems. The problem, of course, is that anecdotes are not data, it is impossible to determine the veracity or reasonableness of these claims, and there is no way, ethically or practically, to respond to claims against doctors in these systems.

And should we be surprised? Every other country in the industrialized world has universal healthcare. Some are government run, single payer systems, others are mixtures of private and public funding to guarantee universal coverage. I would be shocked if you couldn’t find a few people to provide testimonials about how they’re angry at their coverage. After all, Michael Moore made an entire movie about such testimonials against our system.

So what do we do? How do we find out the truth when the ideologues and financially interested parties have started a campaign to muddy the water with anecdotal attacks?

We look at the data of course. And surprise, surprise it doesn’t support CPR’s assertions that our system couldn’t stand some improvement.

During the next couple of weeks, I think we should talk about what healthcare looks like here in the US and around the world.i-731352c1510b906b808a62380e90da02-HFA2.gif Rather than a few horror stories, let’s take an in-depth look at what’s happening in universal systems, and whether or not we should consider a change.

Let’s start with an examination of some data from the literature on different experiences people have with these healthcare systems.

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Bill Bumpas - OneNewsNow - 6/4/2010 7:30:00 AMWhile the U.S. moves closer to a government-run healthcare system, reports indicate that Canada's universal medical care is in deep financial trouble.
John Carpay, executive director and a lawyer for the Canadian Constitution Foundation (CCF), reports that Canada's state-funded healthcare system is in big trouble. "Healthcare used to consume 20 percent of the government's budget, and then 33 percent, and then 40 percent," he explains. "Now, in some provinces, the healthcare budget is approaching 50 percent

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