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Friday, May 08, 2009

Satisfaction with Health Care: U.S. v Canada

John Lott has some interesting research on the satisfaction of U.S. and Canadians on their health care.  The primary finding of his study (downloadable here), is that Canadians - all covered by the government - have substantially lower satisfaction than U.S. insured residents, and closer to the satisfaction rate of the uninsured in the U.S.

I would like to have seen a breakout of private vs. government health coverage in the U.S. as well, since it is well documented that government programs provide a much lower quality of care.

This is not to suggest we should not reform health care, but as I have suggested, we need to take the alternate path from what Gov. Rendell, Preisdent Obama and their allies are pushing - away from a further government takeover of health care and toward reforms putting individuals in charge.

1 comment:

Life Insurance Broker said...

Interesting research, this topic is discussed almost everywhere these days so it's not a problem to google a decent research like this one talking about the same thing. What surprises me they always say different things. Government vs private will always be a huge question. Loads of advantages in both option but also lots of negative sides. A health care system shoudl be build for a country, not for the whole world to use the same system. The Canadian system is not a good idea for the US but it seems to be working fine for Canada, I rarely hear people complaining about it. The US system is not the greatest and does need a reform. I'm very curious how the reforms (if any happen) will change it. Thanks for sharing the paper,

take care, Lorne