Foes of health care reform are making up all kinds of scurrilous nonsense about Canada's universal health care system.
Canadians have slightly longer life expectancy than their American counterparts and are just as likely to survive heart attacks, breast and cervical cancer, and childhood leukemia:
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. [Bloomberg]
The U.S. had the highest rate of deaths preventable by health care in the entire OECD, 110 deaths per hundred thousand people. Canada had the sixth-lowest rate, 77 deaths per 100,000.
Canada covers everyone with results as good as, or better than, the U.S. health care system, all for 47% less per person.
I grew up in Canada and I can attest that the system offers excellent care--equaling or surpassing any medical care I've received in the states, and with none of the bureaucratic nightmares of the private insurance system.