Thursday, August 9, 2012

Myths Around Canada's Health Care System

I've been writing long and hard about Canada's health care system. It began when I noticed weird google search results.
It got worse around the time of President Obama's campaign.

American conspiracy around universal health care


5 Myths About Canada’s Health Care System

The truth may surprise you about international health care by: Aaron E. Carroll, M.D., M.S. | from: AARP | April 16, 2012
To separate fact from fiction, Aaron E. Carroll, M.D., the director of the Center for Health Policy and Professionalism Research in Indianapolis, identified the top myths about the two health care systems.
Myth #1: Canadians are flocking to the United States to get medical care
Myth #2: Doctors in Canada are flocking to the United States to practice.
Myth #3: Canada rations health care; that’s why hip replacements and cataract surgeries happen faster in the United States.
Myth #4: Canada has long wait times because it has a single-payer system.
Myth #5: Canada rations health care; the United States doesn’t.
And remember: We’re (US) spending way more on health care than any other country, and for all that money we’re getting at best middling results.

Aaron E. Carroll frequently blogs about this topic for The Incidental Economist and is the coauthor of Don’t Swallow Your Gum: Myths, Half-Truths, and Outright Lies About Your Body and Health.

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